An-Najah National University – Coordinator of MED-HEALTH Erasmus+ Project and Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB – Belgium (Host University) organized a StudY Visit in Bruxelles , the participants form different institutions: An-Najah National University – Palestine, Mutah and Zarqa Universities – Jordan, University of Manouba, University of Monastir – Tunisia ,and three EU Universities: Universidad Pública de Navarra – Spain , Anglia Ruskin University Higher Education Corporation – United Kingdom , Université Libre de Bruxelles – Belgium , and the associated partners: Agora Institute for Knowledge Management – Spain ,Palestinian Medical Relief Society – Palestine, Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network – Jordan ” project consortium”, were participated in this study visit in de Bruxelles on 3th – 6th Oct 2016 with the objective to access and analyze the existing public health management and practice needs and to enhance the capacities in the Mediterranean partners HEIs.
The Benchmarking study Visit was opened with a welcome speech by project coordinator Dr. Imad Ibrik – ANU, and Hassan Jijakli, project contact person at ULB, after that Dr. Ibrik spoke about the importance of “MED-HEALTH” ERASMUS + Project which is a project that aims at building up South Mediterranean HEIs’ competences in the field of Public Health to improve public health performance, employment & development perspectives in the region. He spoke then briefly about the first year achievement and the next steps and activities necessary to be done in this project, also he highlighted that the focus of this project is: Introducing a Master Degree Programme in Public Health Management in line with Bologna requirements and with a holistic and regional approach in South Mediterranean universities to prepare highly skilled and competent public health workforce;
Establishing an e Portal on Public Health Management in the Mediterranean partner HEIs as a regional Point of reference in the matter for universities, researchers and professionals. Creating a Regional Health Management Network to ensure regional debate, harmonization of practices and sustainability of the project outputs for the ultimate benefit of the citizens of the South Mediterranean region.
In the first day there were a review for the Plan of project “Mediterranean Public HEALTH alliance “by Dr Imad, and The first year project achievements : Establishment of quality control body (QB), Data collection & analysis, Drafting & publication of Needs Assessment Report, Development of Dissemination Strategy, Development of corporate image, dissem. Materials, Set-up & maintenance of project website, Procedures, templates, processing info for reporting, Monitoring project progress, Assessing the quality of project deliverables, Development of new curriculum (draft in each med-partner universities.)
Then Prof. Philippe Donnen specialized in public health studies in the Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB, presented the Brussels school of Public Health – Master program. Followed by Site Visits to ULB facilities.
In the second day it was a group meeting to discuss the suggested master program in each country “Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine”, followed by a group discussion about the suggested Core courses in Master Programms.
The third day was description of the teaching courses in the Master Programms in public health management: Template Course Syllabus, Groups discussion for preparation the contents of core courses, Identification and presented the Content of Teaching Core Courses of Master programms in all countries.
The ILOs for the suggested master program was determined and the ILOs for the five core courses agreed on as a result of the needs assessment report drafted before, the responsible for each core course from faculty member in each university will be determined.
The five core suggested courses:
- Health Services Management
- Essential Issues in Public Health Policy
- Strategic Management and Commissioning
- Health, Culture and Society
- Contextual factors and Health information systems
The curriculum and course development process will be supported and quality of the developed materials assured through, i.a., consulting and peer reviews by EU partners; study visits and workshops for PCUs teaching staff; quality assurance and monitoring through provision of tools and templates for the development of new study programmes. Teaching support by the EU partners in form of guest lectures within the different modules of the Master Programme will assure the international orientation of the Master course.
In the fourth day it was a project management meeting Dr Imad discussed the: financial status of project, next steps, requirements and semiannual reporting to project coordinator.
At the end of the meeting, the consortium agreed on the next activities and date of the next study visit in March 2017 to Pamplona – Navarra – Spain.