Eastern Mediterranean Region

EMPHNET: East Mediterranean Public Heatlh Network

Web address: http://www.emphnet.net/

Network Established in 2009

EMPHNET at a Glance

In order to contribute to improved health outcomes in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), EMPHNET works to strengthen public health systems by strengthening public health capacity with a specific focus on applied epidemiology. EMPHNET is recognized as the only public health network in the EMR and its work is an accumulation of collaborative efforts with the region’s ministries of health. It supports Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs) as a mechanism for advancing public health workforce capacity across the EMR.

EMPHNET’s Region

EMPHNET works within a region that is challenged by several adversities. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the EMR includes 22 countries with a total population of 583 million people. Countries in the region vary in socioeconomic development, thus facing a duality of health problems brought about by the high prevalence of infectious diseases and the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases. Many of the EMR countries are challenged by epidemiological transitions, limited resources, health inequity and political instability, which to a large extent impede improvement in population health outcomes.


EMPHNET strives to assist countries in the region achieve better population health status. It believes in the value of information and is motivated by the need to strengthen public health systems. It builds collaborations and networks of regional experts to assist countries in strengthening their national public health systems.

EMPHNET’s Areas of Work

To date, EMPHNET managed to build country and regional capacities in several priority public health areas, such as outbreak investigation, disease surveillance, rapid response, International Health Regulations and more. Its main areas of focus include; applied epidemiology and research, non-communicable disease, communicable disease, and health security.

Over the years, EMPHNET managed to create a momentum for strengthening public health systems in the EMPR by providing technical support and public health workforce development through collaborations with associations, institutions, networks and organizations that hold similar views. Its efforts grew by building its network of expertise, which it sees as a strong attribute for fulfilling public health needs in the region. EMPHNET supports and promotes applied research in response to public health challenges and is guided by its commitment to change.


Over the years, EMPHNET managed to build a network of experts, including individuals specialized in various public health fields. With the diverse levels of expertise that EMPHNET brings together, it is able to efficiently build public health capacities, thus enabling public health professionals to tackle the unique public health challenges facing their respective countries. EMPHNET acknowledges knowledge sharing as an ongoing process, and continues to seek opportunities to engage public health professionals in knowledge sharing opportunities. These opportunities can manifest themselves in the form of research opportunities, internships, conferences, or training workshops targeted for experts, FETP graduates, residents, or aspiring medical students. Furthermore, EMPHNET has its own online network, which offers a platform for the public health professionals to share their ideas and experience. 


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