Introduction to "SCOPH"


The Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH) brings together medical students from all over the world to learn, build skills, cooperate, explore and share ideas when it comes to addressing all issues related to public health, including global health issues, health policies, health promotion and education, activities.



Medical students of the IFMSA formed the Standing Committee on Students Health (SCOSH) in 1952, driven by a strong will to take an active part in preventing and making policies concerning health problems. During the following years, the wide variety of activities led to the change of SCOSH to Standing Committee on Health (SCOH) in 1963. In 1983, the name of the Committee changed once more to Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH). In the past decades, SCOPHeroes have been implementing, maintaining and improving a wide variety of community based projects on a local, national and international level. Through these activities we are approaching our vision of a healthy society and we are developing our own potential of being a complete and skillful health professional.



The Standing Committee on Public Health aims to become a reference as training and learning pillars for medical students, in order to create future public health qualified leaders who are equipped with the knowledge, skills and values to work on a local and an international level.



The Standing Committee on Public Health promotes the development of medical students worldwide regarding public health issues through an international sharing knowledge network, projects management, community based learning, capacity building, advocacy and access to external learning opportunities.




1. Disease prevention within our society.

2. Health promotion and education within our society.

3. Raising awareness about global public health issues within medical students and our society.

4. Advocating for health policies as the voice of worldwide medical students.

5. Developing skills and knowledge of medical students as the future health professionals.

6. Working as an international team and collaborating with external public health organisations to use the potential of over one million worldwide medical students.

7. Collaborate with other fields as medical education, human rights and reproductive health.


- International Fedration Of Medical Student Association (IFMSA)