The National Institute of Public Health - National Institute of Hygiene (NIPH-NIH) is the main governmental public health research institute and the reference centre for the national network of sanitary epidemiological service. It cooperates with public health centres at provincial level and other medical research institutes and institutions in Poland and abroad.
NIPH-NIH, which is the oldest public health institution in Poland, was created just a few days after the proclamation of the independence of Poland, on 21 November 1918. Together with changes in health and political situation and the development of medical science, the Institute’s functions were also evolving. It has always, however, been performing activities, of a practical and intervention as well as scientific and training nature, in several domains of public health.