The Health Services Academy (HSA) is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination, Government of Pakistan. It was established as an in-service training Centre in 1988 and developed into an institute of training and research in public health. Since its inception, the Academy has been striving to fulfill the health needs and new emerging paradigms under Public Health Sciences. HSA launched its Master’s in Public Health (MPH) programme in 1996 with a view to utilize and develop local expertise to train the future health managers of Pakistan. The modification of the existing Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree into a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) programme was a major step that HSA took to bring the programme in line with the national and international standards. The formulation of the Financial, Academic and Service Rules and Regulations was another area of accomplishments.
Research has been given a high priority in HSA and faculty/students have conducted research in different areas of Public Health and will continue to do so in future. In April 2006, the Academy moved into its new campus in Prime Minister’s Health Complex, Chak Shahzad, Islamabad.
HSA modified its MPH program into Master of Science in Public Health MSPH and EMSPH, two and three year degree programs respectively in 2007. It launched the Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Entomology & Disease Vector Control in 2009, offered the Master of Science in Health Economics & Management in 2010, the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Resource in Health, and introduced the PhD in Public Health and the MS degree in Medical Entomology and Disease Vector Control in the 2012-2013 academic year. In 2013 HSA started the MSPH Evening Programme. These programs have been introduced for public health students and professionals to keep pace with the changes being introduced at national, regional, and global levels. The Academy would like to thank USAID & GIZ for their assistance. The Academy would like to thank its partners for supporting for many ranging from technical inputs, student stipends, research funds, and workshops to equipment and library books.
Keeping in view the emerging demands, the Health Services Academy has to go a long way to make an impact on some of the major public health problems faced by the communities and the health management issues faced by the country. I am sure that with the dedication, commitment and hard work of all the faculty, officers and staff of the Academy combined with continued encouragement and support of the crucial partners, HSA would rapidly progress towards becoming a Regional Centre of Excellence for training in the field of Public Health.
Prof. Dr Assad Hafeez
MBBS, FCPS, MRCP, MSc Epidemiology, PhD. Executive Director Health Services Academy Islamabad.