WFPHA: 17th World Congress on Public Health

The 17th World Congress on Public Health – an opportunity not to be missed! 

Over 3,000 public health professionals and researchers, policymakers, and students will convene in Rome, Italy, from 2 to 6 May 2023 for the 17th World Congress on Public Health, a momentous event organised by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in association with the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health (SItI) and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER).

The 17th World Congress on Public Health coincides with a critical juncture for our world. The COVID-19 pandemic has indelibly altered our planet and our lives, exacerbating existing inequalities and alerting us to the threats of an unsustainable mode of production. Conflicts worldwide, from Ukraine to Afghanistan, from Syria to Ethiopia — to cite a few — have further destabilised the world, alongside the devastating consequences felt by all those directly affected. And together with the pandemic and the war, we have failed to mitigate the effects of climate change — the pandemic itself a potential consequence — with environmental disasters growing in frequency and impact. 

The theme of the Congress — A World in Turmoil: Opportunities to Focus on the Public’s Health — reflects our commitment, as the global health community, to work together in and outside of our respective fields to promote health equity and to build a more sustainable and just future. This World Congress on Public Health will be an opportunity to foster collaboration and co-creation of a vision informed by our professional knowledge and that of the communities we serve. Empowering communities and becoming more responsive to them will lie at the heart of any attempt to move forward, to safeguard and nurture a world in need of healing and protection.

Registration is now open! The online abstract submission will open on 1 September 2022 and close on 9 December 2022. Don't miss the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience and inspire other public health professionals around the world! For more information, visit

We look forward to meeting you all in Rome to build a better future!

Discover the first announcement here.