Universitas Indonesia (UI) is a one of the largest and oldest state university in Indonesia, established on the 2nd February 1950-five year after the Indonesia independence. Actually, it is a continuation of higher education established at the end of 19th century under the Dutch Colony started with medical education. The university started to offer bachelor degrees in medicine, law, and economics Salemba and Rawamangun campuses in the heart of Jakarta Metropolitan, the capital of Indonesia. The university has expanded its programs to science, arts, sociology, politics, engineering, public health, psychology, D.D.S.ry, and nursing. As the largest and oldest university, the campus has been the Center for student activities and political reforms. At the same time, the number of students and programs at Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral Levels continued to grow rapidly. In 1987, a new-312-hectares campus was constructed in Depok, 35 Km South of the Salemba Campus, to accommodate a growing number of students and programs offered to the public. The university maintains Salemba campus to house programs of Medicine, D.D.S.ry, inter-disciplinary graduate programs, and some other offices. Currently the Park-like campus is home for more than 38,000 students.
Universitas Indonesia has been the most respected and the most competitive University in Indonesia and has become one of the best universities in South East Asia region. The number joint-degrees and exchange programs for Bachelor and Masters degrees has been increasing along with increasing demand for higher education in Asia. To allow greater flexibility in managing higher education, the Indonesian Government has granted full autonomy to the university. Under this autonomous university, UI has been exempted from bureaucratic administration allowing faster responses to meet expectations of students, academicians, researchers, governments, business communities, and the community at large. At present, the university offers more than 150 programs for Diploma, Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral degrees through 12 Faculties.
On July 1st, 1965, the Faculty of Public Health was established by the assistance of USAID offering Masters Level of public health education. Doctor Mochtar, the head of the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, the Faculty of Medicine, initiated the establishment of FPHUI. At the beginning, FPHUI only offered Masters of Public Health program, then a two-year program for Diploma III holders (a three year vocational program after high school in various field of health sector) to complete Bachelor degree in public health. In 1987, FPHUI started to offer undergraduate program (Bachelor degree) in public health to meet a requirement as a faculty under the Indonesian Law of Education. Subsequently, since 1990, FPHUI has been offering Masters Degrees in Hospital Administration, Occupational Health, and Epidemiology. In addition, at the same time, FPHUI has been offering Doctoral Degrees in Public Health and in Epidemiology.
In mid-1990, FPH UI offered a three-year Diploma program for high school graduates to meet the demand for low-level managers in the health sector in Indonesia. The program offered skilled competent for human resources in public health and health service facilities in the public and the private sector. The FPHUI terminated this skilled-oriented Diploma program in 2004 to allow FPHUI to concentrate to higher-level education, in line with the University Vision to become a Research University by 2010.
As part of a Research University, FPHUI set its vision to be the Center of Excellent for public health education in Indonesia and to be one of the best public health educations in Asia through enhancing research, education, and consulting services.