About Us

The School of Public Health (SPH) is a forerunner of the Department of Public Health, which was established in 1968 under the School of Medicine, University of Zambia (UNZA). As the scope of the department continued to undergo both strategic and operational reforms, it embraced a wider public health service that lead to the creation of a critically sized pool of highly trained public health professionals, both in generic and specialized fields. Our pool of staff in turn have continued to be part of a key national resource base that is able to effectively address the public health problems in Zambia.

The School of Public Health has a multidisciplinary team of competent faculty and researchers with a range of relevant research experience in conducting research. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods designs, particularly household and health facility surveys, implementation research, data analysis and reviews are examples of the types of work we have done, and continue to do. In addition, the School of Public Health has a countrywide experience in conducting research with different Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and government bodies such as the Ministry of Health and Central Statistic Office. Importantly, through its mandate in training, the school has the expertise in training research and data collectors. 

As a school, operate under the broad mandate of the University of Zambia Act No. 11 of 1999. While under this mandate, we train professionals in Bioethics, Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Family Medicine, Health Policy and Management, Health Promotion, Health Demography, Nutrition and other health professionals.

Our Vision

To become a centre of excellence in influencing public health policy, disease prevention and control, in Zambia, the region and internationally, by providing high quality professional training, research and consultancy services.

Our Mission Statement

To be a world-class school contributing to knowledge creation, translation and dissemination in public health through education, consultancy and research in influencing disease prevention, control and service delivery, in Zambia and beyond.

Our School Values

The school’s core values, beliefs and norms are grounded on the principles of; excellence, professional integrity, responsiveness, consistency, innovation and gender equity. These are the guiding principles of conduct and behaviour of the school and its staff.

Since the inception of our full time Master in Public Health programme, we have graduated hundreds of masters students. We are now moving to the next step of making this one-of-a-kind programme accessible to a greater number of people interested in the practice of public health.


The UNZA-SPH Lecture Auditorium

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