Cyprus International Institute
for the Environment and
Health in Assosiation
with Harvard School of Public
The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Government of Cyprus have established an international research, education, and technology initiative for the Environment and Public Health to address key environmental issues in the Mediterranean region. Towards this end, two new research and training entities have been created:
1.The Cyprus International Institute (CII) for the Environment and Public Health
CII is a regional academic and research center of Excellence in Enviromental and Public Health. Its mission is to provide world-class education and research opportunities to students ans scholars from the region, as well as to disseminate relevant information to the media and Public through outreach activities. The Institute will enhance the skills and overall capacity of researchers in Cyprus to address present and future societal needs of Cyprus and the region. In addition, the Institute will attract thousands of scientists from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and US who will come to Cyprus for training, research, and conferences.
2.The HSPH-Cyprus Program (HCP) in Boston
This program will bring qualified students from Cyprus and the region to study, train, and earn a degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, and will collaborate with CII to develop and execute in-depth research.
The following are the focus areas at HCP and CII:
I. Educational Activities
HSPH – Cyprus Scholarship Endowment Fund – Created in October 2004 offers financial aid and opportunities in the form of scholarships and fellowships to students from Cyprus and the region. Through this Fund to date five full scholarships were awarded to students from Cyprus.
Master of Science In Environmental Health offered in Cyprus – This aims to position CII itself as a leading training center in the Eastern European Border. The first postgraduate (master-level) program in environmental health started in September 2006. The standards of student selection, curriculum development and academic quality are equal to Harvard. The Postgraduate Program in Environmental Health leads to a degree in a Master of Science in Environmental Health, jointly taught by faculty from Harvard and CII. This is an intensive program that encompasses over 50 course credits taught over a 12-month period (September - August). The Postgraduate Program admits less than 20 students per academic year in an effort to enroll outstanding students who will receive high quality training. Applicants to the Postgraduate Program must hold a Bachelor or higher degree from an accredited institution, and they must have knowledge of calculus, chemistry and biology.
Graduates of the Program will acquire skills that will prepare them for leadership positions in governmental and international organizations, in consulting, public service, private industry, and research. Finally, graduates will also be prepared for further studies leading to doctorate degrees at Harvard School of Public Health and other institutions.
Continuing Professional Education Program - Established in September 2005 has attracted over 400 participants to date from 25 countries. The overwhelming interest in this program has demonstrated that demand exists in the region or world class training programs for mid career professionals. CII awarded over 150 scholarships to mid career professionals, of which 70 were made to governmental officials of the Republic of Cyprus.
II. Outreach Activities
Through international and regional symposia, press conferences, roundtable discussions and public lectures, the aim of outreach activities is to elevate the knowledge of people and policy makers of Cyprus and the region in the areas of environmental and public. Topics included air pollution, occupational hazards, sustainable development, tobacco control, obesity and diabetes, electromagnetic fields, and risk communication.
III. Research Activities
The Institute recruits a cadre of investigations who work in close with Harvard faculty to undertake interdisciplinary research projects. This provides the right forum for sponsored research funding from a global prospective and collaboration.
The language of instruction is English.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Institute has established a number of tuition scholarships. Also, financial assistance for living expenses maybe available to students based upon their qualifications and financial needs. Application Process
Applications to the Program can be submitted online at http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/cyprus/cii_apply.shtml
For an application to be considered complete, the Institute Admissions Office must receive application materials by March 1 (6 months prior to the beginning of the respective academic year).