National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) is a central national establishment with a main purpose to educate, protect and enhance the health of the population of the Republic of Slovenia by means of raising awareness and other preventive measures.


The beginnings of NIJZ stretch in 1923 when the Central Hygiene Institute was established in Ljubljana. In 90 years it took over an important role in health promotion and protection of Slovenian population. In 1992, National Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (IVZ RS) was established, which formed a network of public health services providers together with 9 regional Institutes of Public Health. IVZ RS and regional institutes combined on 1.1.2014 into a one uniform National Institute of Public Health with one Central Unit and nine Regional Units.


While representing a central institution in the field of public health, NIJZ, with its 400 employees and numerous partners from various social sectors and non-governmental institutions, strives to fulfil its mission – contribute to better health and welfare of Slovenian population. Among the main NIJZ activities are the following:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of healthcare system and the health of the population;
  • Recognizing health threats and developing measures to control them;
  • Managing health and healthcare services databases; and
  • Promotion health and developing professional bases for adopting health-friendly policies, programmes and measures for disease prevention.

Besides working in the abovementioned fields, NIJZ contributes to new solutions by participating in numerous international public health projects. By spreading new knowledge and best practices, it fulfils its role in the field of research, education and training public health professionals.