Projekte

CHANCE - MSc in Migrant Health: Addressing New Challenges in Europe

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Funding by ERASMUS Lifelong Learning Program (2010)
Project duration: 36 months
Project Implementation period: 1. October 2010 – 30. September 2013
Project Partner:
Associated partner: EURIPA (European Rural and Isolated Practitioners Association)
SUMMARY
The number of migrants in the enlarged European Union is increasing rapidly and in the EU 27 is estimated as high as 50 million. Addressing migrant health goes beyond issues of differing morbidity profiles and vaccination status linked to country of origin or potential for spreading diseases. Assistance tailored to migrants’ needs is an essential prerequisite of their smooth and successful integration. Its success has clear economic impact and benefits, and increases the public health safety of the host countries. Although this rapidly increasing need for specially trained professionals capable coping with this complex, multidisciplinary task - where health, human rights and intercultural aspects are equally represented - is more and more recognised, at present there is significant shortage of formal higher education programs in Europe aiming to build the human resource capacity that will address this new challenge.
The consortium’s main objective is to develop and implement a Master-level curriculum in Migration Health. This joint-degree program will be built around six competencies:
• clinical and public health assessment;
• epidemiology and research methodology;
• environmental medicine and occupational health;
• economic / health economic impact of migration;
• organization and systems management;
• social and behavioural aspects of migration including multicultural, multireligious aspects and their health / mental health impact.
OUTPUT
• Interdisciplinary basic modules;
• Master of Migration Health curriculum with training manuals
• A set of background materials for facilitating the education
• Program web page
IMPACT
The program already in midterm (with the graduation of the first year group of students at the participating institutions) will facilitate the smooth and successful integration of migrants and migrant communities that will conclude in a positive impact in the labour market as well as the public health safety of the host countries
THE CURRICULUM
The curriculum will provide motivation and orientation, knowledge and skills to postgraduate students, health, public health and social care professionals who (aim to) assist, treat, care and refer migrating persons and / or design, plan and implement health and social care programs for migrating populations and their integration and / or for those who aim to participate in migrants’ health related researches. Development of each academic module is led by a single partner but will be a joint effort of all partners. The academic content is built around six competencies:
• M1: epidemiology and research methodology (P1 as leading partner)
• M2: environmental medicine and occupational health (P1 as leading partner)
• M3: economic / health economic impact of migration (P1 as leading partner)
• M4: organization and systems management (P2 as leading partner)
• M5: clinical and public health assessment (P3 as leading partner)
• M6: social and behavioural aspects of migration including multicultural, multireligious aspects and their health / mental health impact (P5 as leading partner)
P4 will also contribute to M6.
The academic year will be fourteen months in length, consisting of three fourteen week semesters and six weeks devoted to the completion of a practicum and pursuit of an individually designed project. The candidate will receive the Master of Science in Migration Health upon successful completion of the core programme and submission of a written thesis related to practicum. The program will match the EU standard criteria and will provide 120 credit (according to the European Credit Transfer System / ECTS) in addition to the candidates minimum required BA level diploma.
All documents will be made in language of the country and in English as well.
REALIZATION PLAN
• Following the kick of workshop a web site will be designed, continuously updated for providing information about the program, the new curriculum and the possibilities how to join to the training.
• During the curriculum development process each of the participating institution coordinating one or more core competency module(s), will host workshops on the given thematic modules.
• After completing the core competency modules EU level conference will be held where the program will be introduced and discussed.
• Because of the full compatibility of the modules taught at different universities, mobility of students and teaching staff will ensure the EU wide spread of the curriculum providing innovative philosophy and will ‘infect’ people with the ideas and encourage / recruit them to join to the program. In the same time it will also serve the utilization of specific knowledge and experience of professors.
• The individual modules could also be utilized in special training programs for different target groups and / or in the continuing medical (and other health and social care professionals) education where the transferable credits could be gained for other purposes, too.
Sustainability
It is expected that each of the participating institution will provide a minimum education capacity for twenty students / year group. Thanks to the freshly trained new professionals the program already in midterm will facilitate the smooth and successful integration of migrants and their communities that will conclude in a positive impact in the social peace of the host countries and labor market as well as the public health safety of the host countries. It could be reasonable forecasted that either with applicants ready to pay tuition fee and / or governments and donor organizations providing grants for applicants, the financial sustainability of the teaching program could be ensured.
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Letzte Aktualisierung: 25.04.2012