IAHP - About us

The International Association of Health Policy (IAHP) is a scientific, political and cultural organisation founded in 1977. It is an international network of scholars, health workers and activists with the aim of promoting the scientific analysis of public health issues and a forum for international comparisons and debate on health policy issues.
Basic principle adopted by the IAHP members are the consideration of health as a social and political right. Main goal of the Association is the promotion of health, the strugle against health inequalities and the development of social solidarity.


The Association is interdisciplinary and gathers researchers from public health disciplines like social medicine, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, medical sociology, health policy research, medical anthropology and health economics. A major subject is the interrelationship between theory and practice in health policy.

The main activity is regular conferences and seminars. These meetings cover a broad range of issues and they often gather both researchers and people involved in practical public health work and health policy. A major concern also is given for the dialogue between North and South, East and West.

IAHP members in South America are active under the ALAMES and in Europe under IAHP in Europe Association which both have their own bodies and activities. There are members of IAHP all over the world working in various organisations and universities.

executive bodies of IAHP
executive bodies of IAHP in Europe