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History of Environmental and Public Health Profession in Croatia
1927 – Dr. Andrija Stampar founded School of Public Health in Zagreb
1948 – Dr. Andija Stampar was elected as the first President of the Assembly of the World Health Organization
1953 - Croatian Society of Environmental Health Technicians → 2003 Croatian Association of Environmental and Public Health Professionals
1966 - The University of Applied Health Studies in Zagreb was established as Advanced School of Nursing and Health Technicians and at that time it was the only facility providing higher education in Croatia for Environmental and Public Health Engineers
1990 – Organization of University graduated Environmental and Public Health study at University of Rijeka, School of Medicine
1998 - Croatian Association of graduated Environmental and Public Health Engineers
2010 – Croatian Chamber of Health Professionals, Department of Environmental and Public Health Professionals
Croatian Chamber of Health Professionals (CCHP)
The founders of the CCHP are:
–Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Croatia,
–Croatian Sanitary Association,
–Croatian Society of Medical Radiology Engineers,
–Croatian Association of Occupational Therapists and
–Croatian Association of Laboratory Medicine.
CCHP is autonomous and independent professional organization with the status of legal persons with public authorities.
CCHP represents the interests of the health workers engaged in sanitary (environmental and public health) engineering, health radiology and technology activities, the activity of occupational therapy, and medical laboratory diagnostic.
Chamber has the following powers:
Environmental and Public Health Technician
After four years of schooling, Environmental and Public Health Technician title is awarded and with this level of education technicians are capable to assist Bachelors and Masters of Environmental and Public Health in every day work.
Bachelor of Environmental and Public Health
After 3 years of studying and acquiring 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) students are given a title: Professional (Zagreb) or University (Rijeka) Bachelor of Environmental and Public Health
These professionals have competencies to deal with and to solve all variety of environmental and public health problems such as:
Master of Environmental and Public Health
After 2 years of studying and acquiring 300 ECTS (120 ECTS + 180 ECTS from Bachelor program) students are given a title: Master of Environmental and Public Health
Masters of Environmental and Public Health can now deal also with scientific approach for solving environmental and public health issues and problems.
By finishing each one of these three education cycles there is obligation to do 12 months obligatory internship according to 'Internship regulation for health professionals, Official Gazette of the Republic of Croatia 02/11'.
After internship every Environmental and Public Health professional has to pass Professional Exam organised by the Ministry of Health, Republic of Craoatia and the exam has two parts:
1. General (Constitution; Health Care Law and Health Insurance Law; Labor relations and Pension Insurance Law)
With finishing Professional exam Environmental and Public Health professional are now able to register at CCHP and get License for independent work as an Environmental and Public Health professional, without it you are not able to work as an Environmental and Public Health professional.
So to become EPH professional in Croatia according to 'Law of Health Professions, Official Gazette of the Republic of Croatia 87/09' you have to do these steps:
Education cycle → Internship → Professional Exam → License of CCHP → EPH Professional
For those willing to pursue a career in educating new Environmental and Public Health professionals there is also a PhD program.
PhD in Environmental Health Engineering
Program lasts for three years and PhD students are awarded with extra 180 ECTS and now they have 480 ECTS (180 ECTS (Bachelor) + 120 ECTS (Master) + 180 ECTS (PhD)).
After the successful submission of their PhD thesis they are awarded title: PhD in Environmental Health engineering, Doctor of biomedical and health sciences, field of public health and health protection, branch of health ecology
Croatian Chamber of Health Professionals