Welcome note

Welcome to the University of Rwanda School of Public Health.

University of Rwanda School of Public Health (URSPH) is still undergoing its metamorphosis. There is in fact a constant and marked change in its appearance, character, condition, and function since its creation in the year 2000. After the embryonic stage, the school has continued to grow and has now reached maturity. The URSPH academic staff members are now even more qualified with diversified fields of specialization.

Its organizational structure has quite adjusted to that of a high-performing institution in spite of obvious work overloads and the real need for staffing. Concerning the scope of its partnerships, URSPH is the very image of Rwanda. The school is continuously playing an active role in the subregion, the region, the continent and the wider world of academia. For instance, URSPH is an active member of regional and international scientific networks (Health Alliance, OHCEA, THRiVE Consortium. . . ) while its influence via its two centers of excellence (Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant TB and Health System Strengthening) is more and more growing. To contribute to its own regeneration and evidence – based productivity, the school has courageously embarked on research graduate degrees programmes (MPhil and PhD) through joint supervision with different partners: African, American, and European.

Starting from this year,URSPH and UR School of Medicine are in the process of being in charge of the Rwanda Journal Series F (Health Sciences section). In terms of our programmes, fields of training are equally extending beyond the two previous programmes (MPH and MSc Epidemiology) at the request of the Rwanda Ministry of Health. In our response to the urgent needs of the country, a Master Programme in Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Management has been introduced and will graduate its first recipients in August 2013. It is with this that we, at URSPH, will be proud to have already graduated almost 200 MPH and MSc Epidemiology students for the last 10 years despite institutional growth constraints.

Just recently, a Master in Hospital and Healthcare Administration (MHA) Programme, relating to training of health
sector managers, has been launched in April 2013, again at the request of the Rwanda Ministry of Health. Also, in
the near future, the University of Rwanda School of Public Health will have to organize together with partners
two additional trainings at the level of master (i.e. Global Health Delivery and Health Financing & Economics).
Furthermore, a Vector control and Entomology Laboratory is under construction at URSPH. This will definitely
push the school to also become an applied research oriented institution, and broaden the scope of collaborative
research fields.

All this is genuinely being greeted with a good sense of humility as we are conscious of the fact that we still
have more to learn from others and each other. All in all, may I exhort all my colleagues at the school to make it our
own, this Benedictines’ rule of conduct: "In labore requies" - Resting by working! In so doing, we will be graciously
rewarded when we have a well trained and qualified next generation.

Director, School of Public Health
University of Rwanda