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The MEDiterranean Public HEALTH Alliance (MED-HEALTH)
Start date: Oct 15, 2015, End date: Oct 14, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

A solid public health system constitutes a pillar of advanced societies, capable of providing their citizens with an enabling environment for development and smart and inclusive societies. All countries in Europe and beyond need to address increasingly global health challenges with the support of innovative approaches and skilled professionals. To do so, HEIs need to introduce programmes with a wide range of skills and disciplines, superseding fragmented or insufficient approaches. This situation of fragmented and insufficient approaches is particularly demanding in the South Mediterranean countries due, i.a., to its political and socio-economic climate. Competence-based education and multidisciplinary approaches are essential to prepare public health specialists for organising and managing actions able to improve the health conditions of the populations, reduce inequalities, strengthen the public health and health care systems and transfer innovation-related knowledge.Against this background, MED-HEALTH aims at introducing a Master degree programme in Public Health Management in South Mediterranean HEIs in line with Bologna requirements and with a regional and holistic approach. This programme will help improve the competitiveness of professionals in the target PCs, contributing to better employment opportunities, closing gaps in the public health systems, improving societal perspectives and international cooperation.Strong linkages between HEIs and public health stakeholders from the EU and the South Mediterranean region will be spanned and high quality education in HEIs in public health will be enhanced. Complementary to the studies, an ePortal on Public Health will be set up at the South Mediterranean target universities to serve as a point of reference in the matter for the HEIs in the region. In addition, a Regional Health Management Network will be created to boost ,i.a., regional and international cooperation initiatives.
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