About Us

Standing Committee on Public Health (SCOPH)

SCOPH (Standing Committee on Public Health) was established in 1952 by medical students of International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA). SCOPH aims to develop the ability to cooperate and explore idea of public health related issue including global health issue, health regulation and activity that is related with education and promotion of health. With a proper health education to all elements of society, we hope health problem in community, including heart disease, vascular disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Cancer, Smoking and Alcoholism, will be decreased.

Medical Students attain the optimal skills and knowledge to contribute to their full potential towards the making of healthier communities in their capacity as medical students and as future healthcare providers.

The Standing Committee on Public Health promotes the development of medical students in Indonesia regarding Public Health issues through an international and national sharing knowledge network, projects management, community-based learning, capacity building, advocacy, exchanges placements and access to external learning opportunities.


  1. Disease prevention within our society, also health promotion and education within our society.
  2. Raising awareness about global and national public health issues within medical students and our society.
  3. Advocating for health policies as the voice of national medical students.
  4. Developing skills and knowledge of medical students as the future health professionals.
  5. Working as a team and collaborating with external public health organizations to use the potential of over one million worldwide medical students.


Main Topics

Health Promotion: recognized as the key element for community health change. SCOPH performs different activities to raise awareness, educate and train general population on several health issues to prevent from Communicable to noncommunicable Diseases, to adopt healthy lifestyles addressing risk factors but also caring about the environment.

Social & Environmental Determinants of Health (SDH): are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.

Universal Health Coverage: SCOPH is advocating to have a positive impact on equal, accessible and affordable high-quality universal health care. Coming from the principle of achieving health for all (3rd Sustainable Development Goal), it is the duty of medical students to support this movement for a better healthcare quality as well as physical and mental health status.

Health in All Policies (HiAP): is a movement that advocates for a collaborative approach to improving health of all people by taking in consideration health when making decisions in sectors other than health such as tobacco, food, migration, urbanization, climate change etc. The goal of HiAP is to ensure that decisions makers are well informed about impact their policies can have on health and to incorporate importance of health in their decision-making process.

Global Health, International Health and Public Health: With the expansion of international aid in health crisis, the sense of globalization and trade, the term of global health and international health have emerged and have taken a certain value compared to public health.

(taken from ifmsa.org/public-health/ and cimsa.or.id)