Public health is an exciting dynamic multidisciplinary field and it refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote and improve health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. We focus on the health of the entire population to stay healthy and we regard the community as our patient. The faculty will use its collective efforts to achieve prominence in advancing public health including the sanitation of the environment, control of community infections, education of the individuals in principles of personal hygiene, organization of medical and nursing services for the early diagnosis and prevention of diseases, and the development of the social machinery which will ensure that every individual in the community get a standard of living adequate for the maintenance of health.
The rapid cultural, economic, developmental, technological and life style changes in the Saudi Arabia population have triggered dramatic changes in morbidity and mortality of various health problems. Health concerns range from chronic diseases, malignancies, psychiatric disorders and road accidents at one side, to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases at the other side. Jazan is located in the tropical zone between latitude 14 - 16 degree north. This geographical location exposes the population to a group of tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. In addition, the proximity of Jazan to the Horn of Africa makes it vulnerable to the importation of unique infectious diseases such as Rift valley Fever. The population is also expected to suffer from the burden of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. The establishment of the college of public health in Jazan is a top priority to graduate health professionals who are well qualified to contribute in prevention and control of current and potential health challenges, as well as promoting population health.
The Faculty of Public Health and Tropical Medicine was established upon the Royal Decree from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz (May Allah save him), the president of the Supreme Council of Higher Education No. 5088, dated 8/7/1432 H.