Improving Healthcare Outcomes In Chronic Disease - Enhancing The Curriculum At Masters Level (IHOD)
University Of Pavia (UNIPV)
Pavia - Italy
The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest academic institutions: it was founded in 1361 in Lombardy. Today 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at the University. There are 900 professors and researchers. Master’s degrees in the areas of science, engineering, medicine and pharmacology have a 95% post-graduation employment rate. Pavia’s long tradition in research and treatment, and the presence of three university hospitals make the medicine courses unique. The excellence of the medical school, thanks to the presence of all the main medical specialisations is reflected in the teaching targeted at a global approach to health problems. Along with the classic degrees in Medicine and Surgery, new programmes have been introduced in order to form professionals qualified in specific health services.
Two departments will contribute to the project:
The Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Therapy was established in 1982 to aggregate groups of clinicians and researchers that presented scientific interests and learning in order to develop projects from the basic sciences to medical specialisms. The knowledge gained from offering a Masters degree in Family and Community Nursing will be transferred to the project. This is an advanced training course for the acquisition of specific skills on the continuum of care, including health promotion, disease prevention, rehabilitation and nursing care to all the people of the community.
The Department of Public Health, Experimental Medicine and Forensics is the second department. The department has specialisms (inter alia) in epidemiology and health education and offers masters level training in these aspects of public health. The input of UNIPV will be underpinned by research in the field of Health Education, that includes methodological issues, especially relating to the evaluation of experiences, and organizational aspects. Also, research in epidemiological studies, concerning the state of health surveillance of population samples and the significance of the prevalence of risk factors for chronic degenerative diseases, will support the UNIPV contribution.
The university will contribute to work packages, 1, 2, 4 and 5. The particular expertise of the University in public health and nursing will be deployed to meet the project targets. We will participate by hosting a study tour of partners, developing programme curricula in line with the ECTS guidelines, helping to developing the approach and requirements for the masters programme, running a one- week competence enhancing course in the EU, developing the agreed three modules and short courses, delivering train the trainers courses in our own university and in the partners, mentoring partner university colleagues, hosting a one month visit by partner country students, participating in dissemination activity, i.e. workshops and a stakeholder conference.
Assoc. Professor Mary Casey
UCD School of Nursing,
Midwifery & Health Systems
Belfield, Dublin 4