École des hautes études en santé publique
EHESP French School of Public Health
Former names
École nationale de la santé publique (ENSP)
Established 1945
Dean Laurent Chambaud
Students 1,300
Location Rennes and Paris,
Brittany and Île-de-France
, France
Affiliations Université Sorbonne Paris Cité Université Bretagne Loire

École des hautes études en santé publique, (known in English as "EHESP French School of Public Health"), with a campus in both Rennes and Paris is designed to form the next generation of French and international professionals in public health. It is a 'grande ecole.' EHESP employs 90 full-time professors and has a student population of 1300 (excluding the 7000 training participants).


The École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP French School of Public Health) was signed into being January 1, 2008, changing its name from the ENSP (École Nationale de la Santé Publique).

The French government set up the school in 1945 as a means of developing a management personnel in the public sector who were able to apply the major social security laws passed in 1945 and construct the new health and welfare administrative infrastructure after the Liberation.

The ENSP was responsible for the professional development of medical and paramedical public health workers as well as health technicians. Post War legislation, political and economic changes and international collaboration very soon called for a wider range of specialised training courses for public health management personnel.

1960 marked the independence of ENSP, allowing it to hire permanent teaching personnel. The campus moved from Paris to Rennes in 1961. In 2008, the increasing complexity and interdisciplinary nature of public health fostered the change in mission from isolated vocational departments to international, interdisciplinary education. The 2004 public health law further emphasized the international aim of post-graduate public health education in France. Although already internationally recognized for its work with the World Health Organization, EHESP further gained an international image through its various International Programs taught in both French and English. The ENSP became the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP) on January 1, 2008.

On February 9, 2010, it joined 4 universities and other higher educational establishments to form Université Sorbonne Paris Cité. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité is composed of Paris-3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris-5 Descartes, Paris-7 Diderot and Paris-13 Nord Villetaneuse (Seine-Saint-Denis) as associate members. 4 grand establishments, EHESP French School of public health, Sciences-Po Paris, l’Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (Inalco, National Institute of languages and oriental civilizations), l’Institut de physique du globe de Paris (Physics Institute of Paris).

EHESP’s values

The EHESP has set itself the following values to achieve its objectives.

Respect - Take account of the diversity of the backgrounds and career plans of our students

Imagination - Lead the field in education, expertise and research in public health policy

Outward-looking - Adopt a broad-based approach to extend our international penetration and extend our network

Excellence - Continually improve our training programmes through internal quality management.

List of Deans

  1. 1(1945–1960) Professor Daniel Santenay
  2. 2(1962–1965) Professor Jean Senecal
  3. 3(1965–1975) Dr. John Simon Cayla
  4. 4(1975–1979) Pierre Leclerc
  5. 5(1979–1982) Louis Picard
  6. 6(1982–1986) Dr. Jean-Paul Picard
  7. 7(1986–1993) Christian Rollet
  8. 8(1993–1998) Emmanuele Mengual
  9. 9(1998–2003) Dr. Pascal Chevit
  10. 10(2003–2006) Professor Jacques Hardy
  11. 11(2007–2008) Professor Dominique Bertrand
  12. 12(2008–2013) Antoine Flahault
  13. 13(2013–present) Dr. Laurent Chambaud

English-taught Programs

MPH (Master of Public Health) is a two year program that takes place in Paris.


EHESP is accredited by the French Ministry of Education and uses the ECTS European grading system.

Coordinates: 48°06′58″N 1°42′09″W / 48.11611°N 1.70250°W / 48.11611; -1.70250

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