Beginning Years

The development of health behaviour, social medicine, and environmental health was marked by the birth of Community Health Science postgraduate’s study program department in 1982. The initial dean of the Community Health Science postgraduate’s study program department was Prof. dr. Pramono Ahmad, MPH.

The fundamental vision of the department was to function as a leading organizer’s institution in Indonesia for professional personnels and researchers in the fields of community health by the means and process of discovery and application of an advanced discipline with the purpose to improve the standards of community health nationally and internationally.

Succeeding Prof. dr. Pramono Ahmad, MPH in 1985, dr. Rossi Sanusi, MPA., Ph.D developed the Community Health Science department by improving the existing curriculum and in 1985-1986, introduced two new classification of concentration within the department, Health Service Management and Behaviour and Public Health Education Concentration.

Transition Year

1991 marks an important moment for the health Behaviour, Environment and Social Medicine Department as it marks the transition from Public Health Science department to Behaviour and Education of Public Health Interest under the coordination of dr. Doeljachman, MH, SKM., M.Sc..

Under the leadership of dr. Doeljachman, MH, SKM., M.Sc. the department of Behavioral and Education Public Health Interest experienced significant improvements. In 1993, Behavioral and Education of Public Health Interest experienced a second identity transition into Behaviour and Health Promotion Interest. Under the leadership of Doeljachman, the department vigorously established partnership with key stakeholders, for example BKKBN (National Family Planning and Coordinating Board) and other private sector such as Fullbright AMINEF, and other well regarded institutions.

In early 2000, environmental and occupation environment health specialists are pioneering the birth of a new interest in UGM medical faculty, subsequently resulting in the establishment of Environmental and Occupation Health and Safety (K3). Furthermore, in April 2000, Behavioral and Health Promotion Interest erected Center of Health Behavior and Promotion as a platform for the development of behavior and health promotion education.

Distance Learning: Advanced Regional Human Resources Capacity Development  (2002-2008 Period)

In 2002, Dean of Behavior and Health Promotion Department, dr. Fatwa Sari Tetra Dewi, MPH, executed an MOU with the Department of Health of Indonesia to encourage Bengkulu’s public health office work force in their pursuit of a postgraduates degree. The increasing need on the regional level for pursuing higher degree are hindered by the restrictions caused by workload, served as the main factor on the need for the establishment of distance learning program.

On that notion, the birth of distance learning is derived from the notion of existing and advancement of information systems. Along with the development of information system in Indonesia and the need for health professionals educational improvement and the inability and/or scarcity of human resources and institutions on the regional level which translates into the incapability in attending classes in Yogyakarta during the study’s period.

Student Centered Learning Method Implementation

Under the leadership of Dra. Yayi Suryo Prabandari, M.Si, Ph.D, Behavior and Health Promotion department experienced further improvements and innovation by introducing Student Centered Learning method. Thereafter, following several preparation workshops, in 2008  Student Centered Learning method was implemented thoroughly.

Environmental and Occupation Health and Safety

In accordance with community health foundation, therefore environmental health is seen as one of the core principles of public health. Subsequently, established in 2009 Environmental Health major and in 2014 Occupation Health and Safety Major

Health Behaviour, Environment and Social Medicine Department

With the birth of a new Organizational Structure and Governance in the Medical Faculty of UGM, Behavior and Health Promotion major and Environmental and Occupation Health and Safety major are incorporated into a single department of Health Behaviour, Environment and Social Medicine. The department consists of two divisions, Behavior and Health Promotion Division and Environmental and Occupation Health and Safety (K3).

The merger of the two division is intended for the purpose of addressing the increasing global health epidemics. It is a solution as the merger would result in an ecological social approach covering the entire dimension of environment and every level of stakeholders therefore implemented effectively and generating means of intervention that are effective for the establishment of a healthy environment.

Aside from contributing to the development in the fields of health behaviour, environment and social medicine, HBES department offers their service as a form of dedication to the community by providing consultation services, workshops and trainings, seminas, and scientific activities in the realm of health behaviour, environment and social medicine.

HBES department intentions and efforts are also towards the development and suggestion of of community health policies both on the regional and national level and simultaneously conducting community empowerment activities on the field of community’s health in regard to the activities of health, environment and social medicine.