The Institute has its roots in Singapore before independence where the Royal Sanitary Institute trained the Health Inspector. The Institute was later renamed the Royal Society for Promotion of Health (R.S.H) which trained Health Inspectors from Malaya, Singapore and Borneo States. In 1956, there were 150 Health Inspectors who were awaiting training. To expedite matters, a committee was set up which proposed the setting up a training centre in Malaya. Hence in 1959, the Health Inspector's Training School was set up in Jalan Young (now Jalan Cenderasari), Kuala Lumpur.
Institute for Public Health (IPH) is one of the research institutes under National Institutes of Health, Ministry of Health. IPH focuses on public health research. In line with the restructuring of health care system of Malaysia towards 1 Care, IPH will strengthen its research capacity to support the Ministry of Health in the planinng of the health care delivery for the country.
Institute for Public Health (IPH) is striving to become the Centre for Epidemiological Survey Research for the Ministry of Health. Our aim is to be the authority and leader in the epidemiological survery research, as well as the reference centre for survey research.
IPH will implement survey research that will cater for the needs of the policy makers, through three main themes:
1. Measurement of global pattern of diseases, mortality and morbidity
2. Social determinants of population
3. Socio-demographic consequences of disease
3 Core Functions
1. Conduct epidemiological survey research and public health research to provide evidence based findings to policy makers and relevant stakeholders.
2. Conduct training for Ministry Of Health (MOH) staff for professional development, particularly in the field of Epidemiological Research (Research Proposal, Methodology and Data Management), and Public Health (Disease Control, Family Health, Nutrition, and Occupational Health).
3. Provide consultancy and technical support / advice to MOH staff, universities and non-government agencies.