A Europe of universal well-being, where all policies and practices promote health and where all have equal access to a high quality health system.
Empower medical students to be key pioneers in the popularization of healthy lifestyle, preventive medicine and health education.

  • Empower students to take active part in health education of the society to encourage informed lifestyle choices;
  • Promote a healthy and active lifestyle;
  • Raise awareness in society regarding health threads and mental health issues;
  • Play an active role in European advocacy regarding lifestyle policies;
  • Collaborate with relevant partners in the implementation of objectives related to Public Health.

Public Health Team 2018/19

Orhan Selim ERGIN


Internal Assistant


Aykut UCAR


Public Health Director




External Assistant




According to WHO, Europe is the most affected region by non-communicable diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and obesity. These diseases account for an estimated 86% of the deaths and 77% of the disease burden in Europe. They also threaten progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As the Public Health Pillar actively promotes a healthy and active lifestyle, throughout the term, our team will work on projects, collaborations and sessions to raise awareness on prevention of NCDs, focusing on the topics of alcohol, tobacco and cancer, and their impacts in European public health.


  • WHO/Europe
  • European Commission
  • The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
  • European Patients Forum
  • Alcohol Policy Youth Network
  • The Association of European Cancer Leagues
  • Education Against Tobacco


Policy Papers:



Vaccines are one of the most effective public health tools available and immunization through vaccination is the best defence against communicable diseases. These diseases still pose significant threats in Europe. That’s why it is really important to understand the current challenges, such as vaccine hesitancy which is a rising trend in Europe.

The Public Health Team will be working on a Europe-wide survey to analyze the preparedness level of the European medical students towards vaccine hesitancy and its need in medical curricula. Later, the results will be used to advocate for a better medical education for vaccine hesitancy in Europe.


  • WHO/Europe
  • European Commission – European Joint Action on Vaccination
  • The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
  • The European Public Health Association (EUPHA)

Climate change has the potential to affect the health of people directly and indirectly. It is by now largely recognised as manmade and remains on the top of the political agenda. The 13th of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

As EMSA Public Health Pillar, we would like to focus on raising awareness on the topic with a group of motivated people from different European countries, a.k.a. European Support Division: Climate Action & Sustainability. Throughout the term, we will be writing a policy paper, delivering sessions and many more.


  • WHO/Europe
  • European Commission
  • European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

(References: WHO/Europe – United Nations – European Commision)

Public Health Pillar Sessions

  • Introduction to Global Health: Navigating globalisation and its impacts on health
  • Climate Action & Sustainability
  • A European Priority: NCDs – Youth Action on Tobacco

  • eHealth meets Public Health
  • Vaccinationamong medical students and healthcare professionals
  • Alcohol: Policy & Advocacy

How to get involved

Through the term, Public Health Pillar will release calls giving the opportunity to get involved in our activities.

Inspired by EMSA’s Public Health Pillar? Interested in what possibilities EMSA has to offer? Send an email to phealth@emsa-europe.eu and get to know how you can contribute!

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