UP MS Migrant Health Programs

Nikolett Arnold, our staff member has been elected to the Board of European Network of Intercultural Elderly Care (ENIEC) last year.

As an ENIEC member, the first board meeting of the year took place on 16-17 January in Tallinn. During the meeting not only the organization of the next Annual Meeting in Bristol had been discussed, but we also met stakeholders in the City of Tallinn in the hope of future collaboration with Estonian institutes, such as the Estonian Institute of Population Studies, the Integration Foundation and the Social Welfare and Healthcare Deaprtment. Our Estonian-Finnish colleague, Siiri Jakson helped us and coordinated the meeting.

The University of Pecs Medical School invites you to participate on the conference titled

 Consensus Conference - Migration related health/ public health challenges and the necessary response: The conditions for establishing European level Migration Health Database

Towards establishing common standards for collecting, storing and sharing data on migrant health 


The conference will be held in Pécs, Hungary on 11-13 April 2018with the support ofWHO Europe Regional Officeand theMinistry of Human Capacities.  

The participation on the conference will be free of charge for a number of participants; registration will be open by the end of the year. For more information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website https://www.mighealth-unipecs.hu/.

The University of Pécs Medical School Department of Migration Health has launched the Specialist in Migration Health course this fall. The course is full-time postgraduate training course for students who already have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a one of the specified fields. The course is a 120 ECTS course that is built up of 6 modules:

  • 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.

We are delighted that we were able to kick-off this course as the finishing point of an Erasmus LLP that focused on the development of the course with a consortium of 6 leading univerisities from Europe:

  • Danube University Krems
  • Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice
  • Medizinische Universität Graz
  • Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
  • University of East Anglia
  • Univeristy of Pécs

We launched the first program only in English language, however next September we would like to start both in English and Hungarian

The leading topic of IARM’s jubilee congress – joining to WHO ‘Healthy Ageing’ program – was the health status and the tasks of the social and health care institutions for elderly people worldwide.  From Hungary Prof. Dr. István Szilárd and Dr. Zoltán Katz assistant professor have participated in the event as invited speakers. They both led a sixty minutes seminar for Japanese colleagues about the health status of and service conditions for the Hungarian elderly population and ageing Roma ethnic minorities.

The Congress has elected Prof. Dr. István Szilárd for vice president of IARM and it has accepted the invitation of the University of Pécs Medical School and its next, WHO Europe level conference – with the participation of Japan as well – will be held in Pécs in 2020.

The European Office of WHO in cooperation with the government of Italy and with the leadership of the Sicily Region has organized a five-day training about the health/ public health aspects of migration.  Around eighty participants were representing not only the European region, but there were students from Japan and from South-America as well.  The training staff was composed of the leading experts of this field. It was a special experience to see the simulation how an Italian coast-guard rescues refugees from the see. From our Medical School Professor Dr István Szilárd has contributed to the training. His lecture was providing an overview about the tasks and work of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Migration Health Training and Research that is functioning within the frame of the Department of Operational Medicine.

The Migration Health Team of the University of Pécs organizes a roundtable titled Immunization round-table for strengthening policies, emphasizing achievements.
and discussing current and future challenges on the 24th of April. The program is connected to the WHO – world immunization week 24 – 30 April - which aims to highlight the collective action needed to
ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year's theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”;

The program will be bilingual, we will interpret the presentations held in Hungarian for our guests who speak English.

Please, find the official program enclosed and register through the specified email address until 21 April 2018.


The Operational Medicine Department has been collecting shoebox presents for the children of a small roma community in Gilvanfa for the past years. This year, we are awaiting donations until the 14th of December. In case you decide to offer something (toys, candies, cosmetics) please bring your shoebox with the age and gender of the child you wish to surprise. There is also a donations box, if you wish to send them money instead. Thank you!

The department of Operational Medicine of the University of Pécs, Hungary has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for training and research on migration and health. To mark the occasion, a ceremony was held during which Dr Piroska Östlin, Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being at WHO/Europe, presented the designation letter from the WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Zsuzsana Jakab to Prof. Dr. Tit István Szilárd, co-chair of the Collaborating Centre.

The ceremony took place during a 3-day conference held at the university to celebrate its 650th anniversary. The scientific event was jointly organized by the University of Pecs and the Pecs branch of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. It aimed to address issues related to well-being from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Distinguished academics and government experts from Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom joined Hungarian experts from various universities and disciplines to discuss issues ranging from evolutionary molecular medicine, transdisciplinary international research and climate change to sustainable agriculture, health financing and equitable health and well-being for all.

At this occasion, Dr Östlin gave a presentation on the European context for public health – working for better and more equitable health and well-being for all.

The Collaborating Centre will serve as a technical and scientific resource for the Public Health and Migration Programme (EUPHAME) of WHO/Europe, led by Dr Santino Severoni. The team of the Centre has been involved with EUPHAME for many years. In particular, it contributed to the development of the “Toolkit for assessing health system capacity to manage large influxes of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants”. Under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Szilárd, the Centre’s team has been hosting and operating the editorial board of the “WHO: Public Health Aspects of Migration in Europe (PHAME)” newsletter. As an outcome of this long-term dedication to migration health in Europe, the University of Pécs will be proposing from early 2018 a new postgraduate training course focusing on migrant health.

It is not the first time that Pécs has taken centre stage in public health. Earlier this year, Pécs hosted the Annual Healthy Cities Business Meeting and Conference, which saw mayors and political leaders in the Region reaffirm their commitment to the values and principles of the Healthy Cities movement by ratifying the 2017 Healthy Cities Pécs Declaration.

Source: WHO Europe

Professor István Szilárd has been awarded the European Citizen Prize. Since 2008 the Parliament awards the European Citizen’s Prize every year to projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding within the EU. The prize, which has symbolic value, is also intended to acknowledge the work of those who through their day-to-day activities promote European values. Every Parliament member has the right to nominate one person or organisation for the prize and national juries made up of MEPs rank nominees from their country in order of preference. The final decision on laureates is taken by a central jury headed by Vice-President Guillaume.

Professor Szilard has formally received the prize on the Schoolyear Opening Ceremony of the Medical School of the Univeristy of Pécs, and has been invited to joint Award Ceremony in Brussels in October. 

Let us share a link reporting the official ceremony:



The FEAMHP "The First European American Migration Health Platform" renamed as TEAMHP as of Dec 02,2017 was founded in the city of Pécs Hungary on the 20th of October 2017 .

FEAMHP , which is a multi-sectoral, multi-professional and inter- disciplinary knowledge based collaboration platform is an outcome of the US Embassy's IVLP program led by HE Cultural Attache Mr.Chris Machin. 

FEAMHP's preliminary mission statement has been brought here-in-below:

The importance of arriving at a joint European - American Declaration regarding the policy plans, procedures and actions which should promote the foundation of a Migration Health Strategy and Implementation Platform is a pressing need as it has been outlined during previous discussions. The platform will focus on the following four aspects:

A) Migration Health and Integrated Innovation Programs: with a separate focus on solutions in the field of prevention and mass vaccination. The importance of data sharing, joint resource sharing and ideation across key sectors;

B) Trafficking in Human Beings, its health implications and prevention: with a separate focus on best practices in building Multi-stakeholder, Multi-sectoral and Inter-professional Collaboration for data sharing, designing and implementing prevention and rehabilitation programs;

C) Mental health aspects of migration: Screening and Managing: with a separate focus on the Vulnerable Groups especially women. The role of NGOs, Cities and Diaspora.

D) Accredited and Certified Migration Health and Integration Human Resource Capacity Building Programs: specifically designed to address empowerment, research and educational needs in this field. Structural and managerial aspects of the ‘Migrant Sensitive Health Care System’. Advances in Participatory and Community Based Action Research methods for training inter-professional stakeholders involved in the field of migration and its health outcomes.


Conference programme included site visit related to the conference theme. (Building Healthy Cities: Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable). These program will give an introduction to local knowledge of health and wellbeing promotion.

University of Pécs and WHO European Office has a long-lasting, living cooperation and the Chair of Migration Health of the University of Pécs Medical School is under designation for WHO Collaborating Center on Migration Health Training and Research.

The University is hosting students from more than fifty countries and they are contributing to the colourful cultural life of the city. Within the frame of the undergraduate and postgraduate medical training the regular and optional programs provide knowledge and skills for the students on cultural competence, humanitarian assistance and how to provide health assistance, launch health promotion programs in a diverse community. These programs serve from the human resource capacity development point of view the implementation of WHO newly adopted ‘Migration Health Strategy and Action Plan’.

Participants visited the campus of the Medical School, experiencing the living, colourful life of the students and received a short overview of the training and research programs of the Chair of Migration Health.

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