National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) is the central Slovenian institution for public health practice, research and education, and employs over 400 people. Its academic staff work on various tasks covering the areas of epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases, health promotion, health protection, health system research and national coordination of preventive programmes in primary health care. It also functions as the central statistical authority in health.
The main function of NIJZ is to provide research in the field of health, protect and increase the level of health of the population by raising the awareness of the population and carry out other preventive measures. NIJZ's main activities are funded by the Ministry of Health and include: national health statistics and research in the field of public health, including health care systems; activities to identify health threats and design measures for their control; designing and providing health promotion programmes and preparing a scientific background for health-friendly policies; programmes and measures for disease prevention.
NIJZ has successfully coordinated and participated in various international projects and has also taken on the role of lead partner in three prominent EU-funded Joint Actions: EPAAC – European Partnership for Action Against Cancer, PARENT – Cross-border Patients’ Registries Initiative and CANCON – Development of a European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control.