The Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH) is part of the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN) and operates under the umbrella of the Faculty of Medicine. The Kinshasa school of public health is a center of excellence in public health training and research, which is located in a country with enormous health problems that require appropriate and feasible solutions generated through evidence-based research. Services offered by KSPH include:
- Training at both undergraduate and graduate levels and offering short courses in a range of public health specialties (e.g. research methods, finance, monitoring and evaluation) and continued education for health professionals.
- Quality research to assess the burden of disease and its impact on populations, to identify solutions to health problems, to evaluate health services and ways to strengthen the capacity of health agents, and to evaluate the impact of health programs.
- Support to disease control and surveillance, epidemiological investigations, disaster management, and quality control of public health laboratories.
At present, KSPH has thirteen (13) members of faculty engaged in teaching, research and providing consultancy services. KSPH has four departments; namely; Epidemiology and Biostatics, Health Management, Nutrition, Community Health and Environmental Sciences.
KSPH currently offers a one year Masters in Public Health (MPH) program, a 15-month Masters in Health Economics, and a 2-years Executive MPH program. Most of the operations and programs run at KSPH are supported by among others, USAID through Tulane University, The Belgian Technical Cooperation, WHO, EU, and CORDAID, a Dutch foundation.
In addition to teaching responsibilities, faculty typically have contracts to work with donors and partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Global Fund, the NIH, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, the Swiss Tropical Institute, and UNICEF. Typically, staff hired by these agencies and institutions engage in varying activities ranging from operational research, baseline studies, program implementation and evaluation, to training of health personnel.
KSPH Vision is to be a center of excellence that provides public health training, research and community services at the national, regional and international level, so as to contribute to the improvement of the health and well-being of the population in the region.