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History and Background

The History of School of Public Health started from Airlangga University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health. The Bachelor (S1) Program of Public Health opened in 1984, by decree of the Director General of Higher Education Department No. 117 / Dikti / Kep / 1984 dated September 24, 1984 in the form of Public Health Science Program, Medical Faculty Airlangga University. The first chairman of the Public Health Science Program of Airlangga Medicine Faculty was Prof. Dr. Sabdoadi, MPH (1984-1994).

When it started in 1984, the Public Health Bachelor Program (S1) only accepted students of linear health program of D3 (S0-3years) with at least 2 years work experience. D3 students can be received from three colleges under the Ministry of Health, namely (1) Academy of Nutrition, (2) Academy of Nursing, and (3) Academy of Health / Environmental Health Superintendent. After two-years (4 semesters) of study, those students graduated as SKM – Sarjana Kesehatan Masyarakat (Bachelor of Public Health).

The opening of Bachelor degree (S1) Program of Public Health was contingent upon its readiness to take an influx of high school graduates. In 1985 the S1 Program of Public Health of Medicine Faculty, Airlangga University began accepting high school graduates. At that time D3 students were also accepted through a special placement – a collaboration of 5 Public Health Faculties, i.e. from University of North Sumatra in Medan, University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Diponegoro University in Semarang, Airlangga University in Surabaya, and University Hasanuddin in Makassar.

Furthermore, to increase its capacity and in an effort to improve education, the Program of Public Health began receiving graduates of D3 Company Hygiene, Occupational Health and Safety as well as from academics of non-linear  health sector (Academy of Anesthesia, Academy of Nursing, Academy of Refractions/Optician, Radiological, Dental Health Technique, Physiotherapy and Medical Analysis) and hold a pre-program certificate issued by Unair FKM, known by the name of matriculation certificates ( bridging program ).

Faculty of Public Health Airlangga University was officially established after a decree issued by the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia Number: 0372 / O / 1993 jo. No. 70 539 / A6.1 / U / 1993 on the opening of the School of Public Health and the Psychology Faculty of Airlangga University. On September 9, 1995 the 3-stories building of School of Public Health (FKM) was inaugurated by Airlangga University Rector Prof. dr. H. Bambang Rahino Setokoesoemo; the 11,695,551 m 2 building is situated on a land of 18.94793 m 2 in Campus C Mulyorejo Surabaya (it previously occupied the Basic Natural Science [BNS] building in the Medical Faculty Airlangga University Campus A Jl. Major General Prof. Dr. Moestopo). The first dean was Prof. Dr. Rika Subarniati Triyoga, S.KM., dr.  Currently FKM has 7 Prodi (study program):  Prodi D3 (3-year) Company Hygiene and Occupational Safety, Prodi S1 (Bachelor/4-year) Public Health (IKM), Prodi S2 (Master) Public Health (IKM), Prodi S2 (Master) Administration Health Policy (AKK), Prodi S2 (Master) Occupational Health and Safety (K3) , Prodi S2 (Master) Environmental Health (KL) and S3 (PhD) Prodi Health Sciences. The number of teaching staff and academic staff are 79 and 74 people respectively. The S3 Prodi Health Sciences is under the management of FKM based on Airlangga University Rector Decree number 1947 / H.3 / KK / 2011 regarding the Scope of Study Program in the category of Monodiscipline, Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary management of Master and Doctoral programs starting from the second semester of the 2011 academic year or from February 24, 2012.

Given FKM is an education organization under Airlangga University, the status of Airlangga University needs to be stated as follows: on September 14, 2006 Airlangga University is officially declared as a BHMN (Badan Hukum Milik Negara/Government-owned Legal Entity) under Regulation No. 30 of 2006. This new status requires governance changes aimed at corporate models that include system, organization structure and mechanisms that ensure a transparent and accountable management of the institution. The management of Airlangga University as a Government-owned Legal Entity is directed towards good university governance with the principles of accountability, transparency, and implementation of check and balance.

The issuance of Regulation no. 30/2006 about Airlangga BHMN brings about consequences on the whole organization, changing the structure of the organization underneath, including the faculty level. Since 2007, head of the faculty consists of the dean who is responsible for the implementation of The College Tridharma and its supporting and sustaining activities. The Dean is assisted by Vice Dean 1 who is responsible for academic and student affairs, Vice Dean 2 who manages the areas of resources and finance, and Vice Dean 3 who oversees the areas of partnership/cooperation and information systems.

After more than a quarter-century experience in educating the nation, especially in field of public health, responding to the expectations and challenges it faced, the FKM Airlangga needed to develop a more visionary and sustainable strategic plan. In developing the Strategic Plan, FKM Airlangga University has conducted an honest and comprehensive analysis based on self-evaluation report of all courses, Airlangga University strategic plan, Airlangga University Internationalization Roadmap Year 2010 – 2015, the College Strategic Plan 2010 – 2014 and the existing challenges. The analysis included strengths, weaknesses, threats and challenges faced by FKM Airlangga University. The analysis also showed where FKM Unair position is on the map of public health higher education administrators in Indonesia and competitive advantages position chosen by the University of Airlangga towards excellent university that is capable of being a research-based-entrepreneur university with world-class excellence, based on morality.

As the strategic plan (Plan) is an important management tool, it must meet the formal and material rules. Formal rule mandates that the plan should be drawn up and approved by the authorities, so it becomes binding to every member of Airlangga FKM organization. The material rule dictates that the Plan should be prepared based on accountable approach and materials.

After the Dean of the Faculty of Public Health signed the FKM Unair Strategic Plan, it is declared valid for a period of 7 (seven) years – from 2011 to 2017. Implementation of the Strategic Plan is outlined in the Operational Plan (RENOP). RENOP details out the work programs, performance indicators, budgets, and schedule of accomplishments.