Our Terms of Reference were agreed with WHO in 2011 when the centre was officially redesignated:

  1. To work with WHO to develop and operationalise public health training and education structured on economic analysis and evidence-based human resource development.
  2. To collaborate with WHO and member states to co-develop and share training and educational standards including tools to improve public health and health care practice.
  3. To work with WHO and member states to evaluate public health and health systems and disseminate good practice of sustained impact for the population and individual health.
  4. To support WHO efforts to strengthen national capabilities in health systems based on primary care/family practice and public health, addressing the risk of both communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  5. To develop research capacities, including technology and innovation, and conduct studies that enable member states to improve, modernize and strengthen their health systems.
  6.  To facilitate professional exchange programmes with WHO, Member States and institutions through educational, training and research opportunities in the UK and provide technical support to WHO and national events in public health and health systems development.
  7. To organise training courses on the management of health systems.


The WHO collaborating centres are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which are designated by the Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programmes.
  • "In everything we do, WHO relies on the expertise of hundreds of formal WHO Collaborating Centres, in your countries, and thousands of the best brains in science, medicine, and public health, in your countries. They give us their time freely and it is my strong impression that they do so with pride."
  • Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, address to the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly, 16 May 2011
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