Departments

Training and Capacity Building

What We Do

  • Training
  • Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP)
  • Supporting higher education (Msc, MPH, PhDs)
Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology

The Department of Disease Control and Prevention (DPC), which will eventually become the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (DIDE), is currently responsible for early warning, epidemic preparedness and response. Port Health is coordinated by this unit as well as Cross Border Surveillance. The potential of public and private universities to provide training and technical support in epidemiology and food safety is yet to be explored.

What We Do:

  • Disease Prevention and Control (DPC)
  • Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR)
  • One Health
  • Health information
  • Biostatistics
Laboratory and Public Health Diagnostics

Establishment of a comprehensive National Health Laboratory System with adequate network of laboratory infrastructure and workforce that will provide the framework for coordinated development and delivery of accessible, quality public health laboratory services countrywide is critical.  This laboratory data will contribute to effective prevention and control of priority diseases, and will help the Ministry of Health manage potential public health emergencies of international concern (PHEICs), according to requirements of the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR).

What We Do

  • National Reference Laboratory (NRL)
  • 5 Regional Laboratories
  • Support for epidemic investigation
  • Biobank
Public Health and Medical Research and Development

The recent Ebola epidemic demonstrated the capacity of Liberians to provide leadership in the development of a research agenda to address important questions regarding prevention and treatment of the disease as well as a better understanding of the long-term health consequences in survivors.  This research agenda is important not only to the people of Liberia, but also within the West African region and the rest of the world.  The infusion of research resources can serve to further develop and expand medical research into other Liberian public health priorities.  Research results can be used to not only inform public health decision making and public health policy, but as a form of hypothesis generation for additional research.  Moreover, success in implementing research projects and publishing research results demonstrates capacity to compete for grants and other external funding opportunities.

What We Do

  • Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research (LIBR)
  • Medical and Public Health Research
Environmental & Occupational Health

What We Do

  • Workplace disease, illness, and injury, Chemicals, biosafety, Hazardous waste Management
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Environmental and public health law, policy, regulation