In the science of epidemiology and preventive medicine, the promotion of a state of complete physical, mental, and socio-economic well-being is more important than the medical aspects of protecting and promoting health and eliminating disease among the human population. In recent years, new contributions from other sciences have enriched epidemiological methods. Their applications have been extended to various morbid phenomena with extensive references to social and environmental causes. Preventive medicine has also received a new impetus from the growing knowledge of the causes of non-infectious diseases, the increased public awareness of the problems of health promotion, as well as from physicians and their growing interest in disease prevention in addition to therapeutic medicine. The School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine aims to contribute to the training of health professionals. It is primarily aimed at young researchers active in the fields of prevention and epidemiology. It intends to act in the coordination of activities and as a centre for the exchange of information. The school will also update them on particular technological and methodological aspects from related non-medical sciences. Graduate students will receive their training at the school through multidisciplinary courses at various levels. These courses will cover both problems related to epidemiological methods and the theoretical and practical prerequisites for the practice of preventive medicine.