NIPSOM (National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine) a national public health institute established in 1974 at Mohakhali, Dhaka with the aim to produce Post-graduates capable of satisfying the needs to improve the quality of healthcare services.
The overall administration and supervision of the Institute is governed by the Ministry of Heath and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Government of Bangladesh. The head of the institute is the Director. The institute consists of 12 departments, namely Biostatistics, Community Medicine, Medical Entomology, Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, Health Education, Maternal and Child Health, Microbiology, Nutrition and Biochemistry, Population Dynamics, Public Health and Hospital Management, and Parasitology.
The institute offers MPH courses in different branches of public health including Public Health Administration, Community Medicine, Hospital Management, Epidemiology, and Preventive and Social Medicine.
NIPSOM conducts eight Master of Public Health courses of one year duration and MPhil course of 2 years duration. The Institute was accredited with the University of California in 1978, and Liverpool University in 1982. WHO/SEARO also recognised NIPSOM as an institute of excellence in 1978. The Institute became a member of the School of Public Health Association (1990) and Asia Pacific Consortium for Public Health (APACPH, 1990). So far the institute has produced more than 1400 graduates, and trained more than 3000 health workers of different categories through short courses. From 1999 the Institute has become affiliated to the Faculty of Medical and Social Sciences, bangabandhu sheikh mujib medical university, Dhaka.
NIPSOM strives for continuous updating of the curriculum to keep pace with international standards. It offers 154 seats for MPH courses. The institute has a rich library having numerous text and reference books, journals, etc. [Bayazid Akter]