France has recently begun phasing out of lockdown and EHESP is gradually opening to its staff and students in Rennes and Paris campuses according to the measures of the recovery plan of the School (Plan de reprise d’activité) and in compliannce with health safety rules. Although the School’s staff are now being led to return to a face-to-face professional activity, distance learning remains the preferred method for the majority of its learners.

During this particular time, The Master of Public Health programme has been delivered online and everything has been arranged for students to keep achieving their learning outcomes.

Our top priority is always the health and safety of students and staff. We’re closely following the latest advice and guidance issued by the French authorities. We will continue to take all appropriate and necessary steps, as required by government officials, to keep our community safe.
We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to plan for all possible circumstances, and as the situation changes we will keep you updated with any further action you may need to take.

Message from Dean Laurent Chambaud

Covid-19 Epidemic – EHESP : the expertise of a leading school of public health

The EHESP rallied its expert teams from the outset of the Covid-19 crisis:

•to anticipate the effects of the pandemic and support decision-making;
•to better understand the effects of the epidemic and the measures taken with respect to the various populations;
•to explain and to provide the clearest answers possible to a public regularly exposed to fake news, in light of rapidly evolving details every day;
•to adapt training to the expectations and needs of all its audiences.

In order to share this contribution to health crisis management in the fields of research and training, the EHESP School of Public Health now provides its audiences and partners with an information bulletin which lists its main actions and interventions related to Covid-19.

Read the report on EHESP’s website.

Last update : 15 June

On 12 June, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Mr Christophe Castaner, Minister for the Interior announced that France will gradually open its external borders.

As of 15 June, people from countries in the European area will therefore be able to enter French territory without restrictions linked to the fight against VIDOC-19. On a reciprocal basis, however, restrictions will continue to apply at the borders with Spain and the United Kingdom.

As of 1st July, France will gradually open its Schengen external borders. International students will be allowed to come to France, whatever their country of origin, and the arrangements for receiving them will be made easier. Their applications for visas and residence permits will be given priority.

Press release (in French)

14 March update

In his speech on Monday, April 13 2020, President Emmanuel Macron announced that the current lockdown would be extended until May 11. Although this date could be further postponed depending on epidemiological developments in the country, we are now preparing for a progressive ending of the lockdown.

President Macron also announced a gradual reopening from 11 May of schools, nurseries, middle schools and high schools, which have been closed since 16 March, but Universities will remain closed until summer.

The borders with non-European countries “will remain closed until further notice”.

To prospective students and selected candidates

We understand that you may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Please be reassured that the health and wellbeing of our students is our absolute priority and EHESP is working on preparing contingency plans to manage any precautions we all may have to take as the situation evolves.
We will continue to issue any further advice and guidance as it becomes available, so we encourage everyone to read the information contained here carefully and regularly, and to follow the instructions given.

Beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year at the end of August

We are still hoping to begin the 2020/2021 academic year as usual the last week of August.

Therefore, we are currently working to ensure that the MPH program runs as planned for students able to travel to Paris.

However, given the uncertainty regarding the reopening of borders for non-European students, we are also studying different alternatives that would allow us to deliver the MPH program using online and virtual learning tools  to adapt to  the current situation.

These alternative options will be further outlined over the coming months.

We will keep you informed about any changes and will confirm start dates in our individual pre-arrival communications.
Student registration will occur remotely as usual.
In May, you will receive instructions regarding registration.
If you are an International applicant and we asked you to pay a tuition fee deposit in your offer letter, you should still pay before any deadline indicated in the letter.
The refund policy will allow a full refund of the deposit if there is a need withdraw your application before the 3rd of August 2020.
According to the evolution of the situation, refund policies could be updated.

Visa questions

Because of the COVID-19 health crisis, visa issuance for France has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

If you are currently in France with on a long-stay student visa serving as a residency permit (VLS-TS), with an expiration date of between 16 March and 15 June 2020, your VLS-TS will be automatically extended for six months. 

Holders of these extended documents are invited to download the document “General information on the extension of residency documents” available on The official website of the French Ministry of Interior and present them together with their expired document in order to assert their continued rights or to facilitate border crossing.

You can also see the FAQ on the France Diplomacy website.

ASPHER Statement on the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak Emergency

Laurent Chambaud, Dean of EHESP School of Public Health, has signed The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region – ASPHER Statement on the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak Emergency. This statement calls all countries to strengthen the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) recommendations, and to recognize the key role of public health in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.