The 2nd IRAN International Public Health Summer School (IPHS2014) was held during September 2014, and lasted 7 days, in association with Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and Center of Excellence on Teaching and Learning Clinical Skills. 95 participants from both Iranian and international origin were present in this program. The course was presented under the theme of “a window to the future of health”. Presentations by esteemed public health professors and engaging teamwork in a simulated setting were the strongpoints of this program.
Besides the lectures by the professors, complementary workshops and gamification of team activities were used so that more than half of the 51hour time of the school was attributed to active learning and enhancement of skills. Leadership and systematic thinking, health informatics, health policy and health management were among the topics discussed.
IPHS2014 was comprised of two main educational parts. Main lectures delivered by the professors followed by more detailed mini-lectures that were presented by IPHS trainers. Also, participants took part in a series of engaging teamwork activities to solve health challenges. IPHSup (Ideas for Public Health Startup) sessions were also held to help the participants develop a startup idea for public health. IPHSup sessions were used to create future employers and health managers. The whole program of IPHS2014 was marked on several occasions. The scores were then applied to a treasure grid. The motivation of finding the ultimate treasure gave an extra punch to the program.
Of all the 335 applicants only the top 95 were accepted, based on the assessments of the registration forms. The number of participants was kept limited so as not to affect the quality of the program
Applications were received from several countries including Iraq, Netherlands, Australia, Afghanistan, Slovakia, South Africa, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Zambia, Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya, Emirates, Belgium, India, Pakistan, Poland, and Egypt. Most of the applicants were students of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry. Radiology, genetics, epidemiology and public health, microbiology and midwifery students were also among the applicants.
The main supporters of IPHS 2014 included the Iranian Red Crescent population and Isfahan’s municipality. Refah bank central branch in Isfahan, the Isfahan cultural heritage organization, and Raha pharmaceutics were also among the sponsors of the program. Shiraz University of medical sciences made considerable help to the post-IPHS tour.