Institute Of Public Health, The American College Of Greece

Professor Panagiotis Behrakis
Director of the Institute of Public Health, The American College of Greece


The Institute of Public Health of the American College of Greece, founded in January 2016, aims to develop scientific research and educational activities in the field of Public Health and to support the SmokeFreeGreece campaign as well as all other national and international activities carried out by the “George D. Behrakis Research Lab” of the Hellenic Cancer Society.

The Public Health Institute’s activities are based on a program that was launched in 2010 by the Behrakis Foundation in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health under the direction and guidance of Professor Panagiotis Behrakis. The Public Health Institute was founded and continues to operate with the full financial support of the Behrakis Foundation in Boston, MA.

The main objective of the Institute is to reduce smoking in Greece, especially among youth, through several actions:
  • School-based interventions for smoking prevention in the student community in Athens, Thessaloniki and Tegea
  • Panhellenic Student Conferences
  • Development and distribution of printed and electronic material for smoking prevention in the school community
  • Scientific research
  • Annual series of lectures on current and developing public health issues held by experts in the field. The lectures are addressed to Health Professionals, Psychologists, Teachers and Scientists interested in Public Health but most importantly, to parents and the general public who are strongly encouraged to attend

The Institute is located in a historic building on Ipitou Street in Plaka, Athens.  Its activities are coordinated through the Public Affairs department at the American College of Greece.

For more information, please contact Anna Tzortzi, Deputy Director of the Public Health Institute, American College of Greece at or at

SOURCE: The American College of Greece

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