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M.Sc. in Migrant Health

Nowadays, when already more than 600 000 irregular migrants have entered the European Union (EU) this year, Migration & Health has been made a priority topicduring the program ofthe Portuguese Presidency, concluding the conference on “Health and migration in the European Union – Better health for all in an inclusive society” (2007). This conference was followedby numerous high level statements. Hereby we mention only the

  • Resolution of the World Health Assembly (2008) entitled “Health of migrants”, calling for the creation of Migrant Sensitive Health Systems in order to fill in gaps in the health service delivery and train the health workforce on migrant health issues, and
  • Council of Europe’s Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on mobility, migration and access to health care (2011 November) highlighting among others that:

“having regard to the organization, general principles and financial capacities of the social security system of the member state concerned, provide migrants with adequate entitlements to use health services and ensure that these entitlements are known and respected.”

No question about that health sector is in a key position for the smooth and successful integration of the migrants, and the rapidly increasing need for specially trained professionals capable of 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 a significant shortage in formal higher education programmes, aiming to build the human resource capacity that is motivated and properly empowered with knowledge and skills to address this rapidly growing need.

 

Migrant Health: Addressing New Challenges in Europe (MSc)

 Persons working in health professions are confronted in their daily work with the health specific, human rights and intercultural dimensions and challenges accompanying a development towards a pluralist society, a consequence of inter-European and inter-continental migration.

 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.

 The objective of this course is the transfer of competences needed to act in this challenging framework. This includes solid knowledge about migration and its links to health, as well as the relevance for sectors like economy, labor market and health systems.

 This course is offered by Danube University Krems in cooperation with the University of Pécs. The curriculum was developed in a joint program by the University of Pécs, Danube University Krems, the Medical University Graz, the Medical University Greifswald, University Kosice and University of East Anglia, financed by the ERASMUS program of the European Union.

 

The curriculum is built around six core competences:

 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.

 

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 Migrant 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.

 

Who are advised to apply?

 academic personnel, researchers, practitioners and students

  • health and social care professionals, nurses, social workers and care givers interested in migrant healthcare/ integration of migrants
  • representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), policy and decision makers.

Admission requirements:

 An Austrian or equivalent foreign academic degree in humanities, economics, health- or social sciences or a similar field and

  • The invitation by the course management to carry out the admission procedure (i.e. interview), and the  clarification by the course management to ensure that the subject-specific requirements for admission to the desired studies are met.

For further information see also http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/studium/zulassung/

 

Healthy Ageing of Roma Communities: Endowers – Realities – Perspectives

Expert-level European Symposium

Pécs, Hungary, 27–29 October 2014

Scope and purpose

Most Roma people face gross inequities in health and health care across Europe. Evidence shows poorer health and higher rates of illness and mortality among Roma than in majority populations. Poverty, segregation and communication barriers have been documented as the main factors preventing Roma from equitable access to health care and enforcement of their right to health. This situation is observed at both individual and community levels.

The University of Pécs Medical School in partnership with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and in coordination with the WHO Country Office, Hungary will organize and host a European expert-level symposium, entitled Healthy Ageing in Roma Communities: Endowers – Realities – Perspectives.

Objective

The main objective of the event is to provide a scientific forum for the exchange of experience in promoting the health of Roma populations at community level, in accordance with:

  • the new European policy framework for health and well-being (Health 2020) in general and one of its main strategic objectives concerning the reduction of health inequalities in particular; and 
  • the new strategic goal of the European Commission concerning healthy ageing.

Furthermore, it is expected that the discussions and conclusions of the expert meeting will contribute to the development of policy tools for the Age-friendly environments in Europe (AFEE) joint project of the Regional Office and the European Commission.

Topics

The main topics of the symposium are:

  • an overview of the Regional Office work on the health of Roma in the European Region;
  • an overview of the Strategy and action plan for healthy ageing in Europe, 2012–2020 and its relevance for formulating policies to improve the situation of ageing Roma communities in Europe; 
  • health components of the European Union framework for national Roma integration strategies and best practices;
  • disease prevention and vaccination among Roma communities;
  • community-based health promotion and continuing health care activities among Roma;
  • culturally sensitive health care for ethnic minorities;
  • health and the Decade of Roma Inclusion; and
  • the tasks and challenges of the higher education system in Europe in supporting the implementation of healthy ageing initiatives targeting the Roma population.

Proposed programme

The symposium will start on Monday, 27 October 2014 at 15:00 and conclude on Wednesday, 29 October at 17:00.

The programme will consist of the opening plenary, speeches from keynote speakers, in parallel working groups addressing the above topics, a report to the closing plenary and the formulation/acceptance of a meeting statement.

During the symposium, a half-day field visit to the Ormánság Health Centre is planned to take place. The centre is located in south-western Hungary, which has several Roma settlements. Meetings with representatives of local Roma communities will also be organized.

Participants

Participants in the symposium include subject matter experts from the Regional Office, experts from the WHO Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health at the University of Alicante (Spain) and the WHO Collaborating Centre on Vulnerability and Health at the University of Debrecen (Hungary), and researchers from the Norwegian Centre for Minority Health Research (NAKMI) (Norway) and Bucks New University (United Kingdom). Participants will also include scientists, academics, representatives of civil/Roma rights organizations, and members of the Roma Health Network.

The event is sponsored by the Hungarian State Secretariat for Social Inclusion.

CHANCE Newsletter 2012-2.

 

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

An ERASMUS Lifelong Learning Program (2010)

A Brief Introduction


The number of migrants in the enlarged European Union is increasing rapidly and in the EU 25 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. The academic content is built around six competencies: epidemiology and research methodology, environmental medicine and occupational health, economic / health economic impact of migration, organization and systems management, clinical and public health assessment, and social and behavioural aspects of migration including multicultural, multireligious aspects and their health/ mental health impact. 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 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.
Newsletter 2012/2

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Invitation to the closing conference of the Health Management project

Prof. István Szilárd MD., PhD. giving a keynote speech in Panaji, India

Prof. István Szilárd MD., PhD. will be a keynote speaker on the 18th International Congress of Rural Health and Medicine which has the main theme of "Challenges of Rural Medicine in a Global Village" between 10-12 December 2012. He will introduce the CHANCE project on the conference, and promote the closing conference titled Tackling Health Inequalities in Europe Through Human Capacity Building which will be held in Pécs next September.

CHANCE Conference Website and 2nd Newsletter Coming in January

We have started the development of the CHANCE website where more information on the closing conference titled Tackling Health Inequalities in Europe Through Human Capacity Building will be posted. Going online in January, the website will contain a registration and abstract sending form, accommodation tips and information of Pécs as well. The 2nd newsletter of the project will also be published in January.

1st Conference on Tackling Inequalities Through Human Resource Building

Visiting the Open Society Institute, Budapest

The representatives of our Department – Prof Dr István Szilárd, Dr Szabolcs Fekete, Dr Zoltán Katz and Zsófia Freund – gave an account of the program which aimed to develop an internet-based platform for professionals, based on the framework of Open Society Foundations- Roma Health Network, at the Budapest Office of the Open Society Institute on 14 September 2012. The network that has been developed by our colleagues and named RomaHealthNetwork was introduced on the meeting. The website with the domain www.romahealthnet.org aims to offer new perspectives for researchers, educators, decision-makers concerning health policy, and any other professional working in this field by combining several functions. The website strives to incorporate the main functions of databases and social network sites, ensure one’s opportunity to follow up on events concerning the topic, and help in making contacts on a moderated forum.

An agreement came into existence on the meeting regarding the future cooperation which is thought to be important and useful by both parties in the development and improvement of the health and social state of the Roma. However, our colleagues and the representatives of the institute agreed to further develop the RomaHealthNetwork that has been established by them earlier.

Health Management Workshop

The representatives of our Department participated in a workshop which was held under the framework of the IPA Cross-border Co-operation Program(Hungarian-Croatian Regional Cross-border Cooperation Program) in Osijek, Croatia on 10-11 September 2012. The curriculum of the six module postgraduate course, “Health Management”, which has been developed in the framework of the project, was introduced by the module developers, and it was adopted by the Accreditation Committee of both institutions unanimously. Dr Péter Németh, Dr Gábor Ternák and Dr Lajos Bogár represented our Faculty in the Accreditation Committee.

Cooperation with the Hungarian Baptist Aid

On 12 September 2012, representatives of the Hungarian Baptist Aid visited the Department of Infectology, Catastrophe Medicine and Oxyology to discuss the future cooperation. Several common issues and goals have been unraveled in the work of the two institutions during the introduction which could be a good basis for joint projects in the future. The two parties agreed to support each other, outlined the basis of the cooperation, and assigned the first duties to each other. 

NKE Conference in Budapest, 5-7 September 2012

The Department of Infectology, Catastrophe Medicine and Oxiology attended the 6th conference organized by the National Union of Public Health Education and Research Institutes in Budapest.

The following topics were presented on the event by our colleagues in Hungarian:

Prof Dr István Szilárd, Prof Dr Árpád Baráth, Dr Antal Tibold and Kia Golesorkhi: Development of a cross-border public health education program within the framework of the IPA Croatian-Hungarian cooperation program that is co-financed by the EU.

Dr Chen Sheng Wei, Dr Zoltán Katz, Erika Marek and Prof Dr István Szilárd: Examination of attitudes towards immunization amongst Chinese population in Hungary

The following topics were presented on the event by our colleagues in English:

Erika Marek, Dr Tímea Dergez, Dr Gábor Rébék-Nagy, Dr Zoltán Katz, Prof Dr István Szilárd, Prof Dr Péter Gőcze: Sharp rise in awareness – little impact on attitudes – no changes in sexual behaviour: results of an HPV-focused educational intervention

Dr Zoltán Katz, Erika Marek, Prof Dr István Szilárd: Development of recommendation for migrant vaccination as a new EU policy health priority.