To train managers capable of allowing Public Health to take up the challenge posed by the structural change of the population and to be able to make the most of the opportunities that come from scientific and technological progress. This is the goal with which 24 Italian universities have decided to put together their wealth of knowledge and experience, giving life to the High School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Born on the impulse of a need felt for some years by a group of university professors, its realization was coordinated by the University of Milan-Bicocca. It will be called SPES, with a reference to the English definition Advanced School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which wants to underline the international vocation of the initiative. “By combining the skills we will be able to adequately address the cultural, scientific and educational challenges that the country poses”, explains Professor Giovanni Corrao, professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Milan-Bicocca and president of the newly created Alta Scuola. The project is ambitious: to train managers capable of putting the needs of the citizen, understood not only as a patient, at the center of the interventions of Public Health; provide them with rigorous tools and methodologies which, through the evaluation of the safety, effectiveness and sustainability of their actions, allow them to engage in a virtuous process of continuous quality improvement; prepare them to face the next emergencies with adequate scientific tools and methodologies. To ensure all this, the aim is to promote, organize and deliver the postgraduate training offer with masters and research doctorates in the field of Public Health disciplines. “To achieve these objectives it is necessary to harmonize the training experiences and scientific skills of our universities. But we also need to include, involve, collect the contributions of our country’s exceptional talents. We want to direct these resources towards a high-profile training project, functional to the needs of the country. This – concludes Corrao – is the challenge that the High School intends to take up ». The participating universities: University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, University of L’Aquila, University of Insubria, University of Eastern Piedmont “Amedeo Avogadro”, University of Brescia, University of of Catania, University of Ferrara, University of Florence, University of Genoa, University of Milan, University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, University of Padua, University of Pavia, University of Rome La Sapienza, University of Rome Tor Vergata, University of Sassari, University of Siena, University of Turin, University of Udine, University of ” Gabriele D’Annunzio ”of Chieti-Pescara, University of“ Magna Graecia ”of Catanzaro, University of Pisa, Polytechnic University of Marche.