Institute of Public Health

The Director of the Institute of Public Health is Dr. Panagiotis Behrakis.   

To view his full biography please click here.

The purpose of the Institute of Public Health established at the American College of Greece as of January 2016, is the development of scientific research and educational activities in the field of Public Health, as well as the support of the Anti-Smoking Campaign in Greece “Smoke Free Greece” and the function of “George D. Behrakis Research Lab” of the Hellenic Cancer Society.

The ACG Institute of Public Health builds on a program that had begun in 2010 by the Behrakis Foundation in co-operation with the Harvard School of Public Health, under the operating direction of Dr. Panagiotis Behrakis of the Hellenic Anti-Cancer Society and formerly, Associate Professor at the Medical School of the University of Athens and is fully sponsored by the George D. Behrakis Foundation, based in Boston, MA.

The primary focus of the Institute is the reduction of smoking in Greece, especially of young people, through a multi-faceted agenda, including: weekly education seminars for school-age children in three cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Tegaia); research and scholarly publications; presentations by prominent speakers on a variety of topics related to tobacco and other health issues; conferences (typically without fees); production of public service information material.

Allied with the Institute, the “George D. Behrakis Research Lab” is a “state of the Art” laboratory for Lung Function Testing which offers routine and sophisticated lung function tests and interpretation to all patients appointed by other centers in collaboration, free PFT’S to all people in need due to financial crisis, school based intervention programs against tobacco, that have contributed to reduction of tobacco use in student population. Also, numerous research projects regarding the respiratory health effects of active and passive smoking, leading to more than 30 publications in the course of the past 3 years as well as to several congress presentations, have been integrated through the Lab.

Among other initiatives and collaborations, engaging with local and international projects and collaborations, the Institute is organizing every year a series of lectures on Public Health. The lectures are addressed to Medical Doctors, Psychologists, School Teachers, Scientists, and Health Professionals interested in Public Health. To download the lecture series program click here

The Institute is located in The American College of Greece’s historic building in Plaka. Its activity is coordinated through the ACG Office of Public Affairs.

For more information you may contact Ms. Anna Tzortzi, Program Coordinator, Associate Director of the Institute of Public Health, The American College of Greece, at atzortzi@acg.edu