Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences: Health – interdisciplinary and international
In the area of health, Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences is taking a new path. Here, we see the convergence of practically oriented research and teaching, and specially tailored further education programmes for experts in health care, health management and pharmacology. Partners in the health system are brought together by international networks, competence centres and institutes.
In the health sector, there is a demand for broad-based medical expertise and practical know-how. Besides doctors and nurses, a whole range of specialists from other disciplines make sure that our health is in good hands. Health management, eHealth and mHealth, health economics, pharmacy management: alongside medicine, these are just a few of the specialist areas for research and teaching, and increasingly for international cooperation.
Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU) is one of the academic institutions that have invested in closer cooperation with private companies. HNU has founded competence centres, institutions and networks across all the specialist health disciplines, thereby linking together academic training, applied research and operational practice. A glance at the interdisciplinary and international activities offered by universities in the field of health shows what career opportunities are waiting for students after they graduate.
Practically oriented research meets further education, for practical applications
‘Designed to be different’ is the motto of Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014. And this institution in the central Bavarian city on the Danube does indeed have several differences to boast about. Here in 2012, for instance, the first Lions Campus Club at a German university was founded, in which students, professors and staff collectively get involved in social projects. The University is also breaking new ground in terms of research and teaching, as well as for training and further education. For example, the three faculties of economics, information management and health management are closely interlinked with the Centre for Professional and Post-graduate Studies, founded in 2000. More than 750 people have so far completed the part-time further education courses offered there In all three subjects, for people in work.
For experts in the health sector the centre offers, for example, an MBA for doctors and a BA in management for health and nursing professions, as well as the Master in Health Information Management, which is an international programme of further education run in Kenya, South Africa and Germany. The special thing with this is that students from all three countries study together as an international group in the participating university of the respective country.
Health – an African-German matter
In the area of health management, HNU focuses on interdisciplinary and application-oriented projects with partner universities in Africa. In 2013, the professors Thomas Hänichen and Olaf Jacob founded the Africa Centre, in order to better coordinate and expand the various projects involving partners in Africa and all three health-related subject areas of HNU. The projects of the Africa Centre include hospital management for doctors, as well as applied research projects in pharmacy management.
In all its subject areas, the focus of HNU’s cooperation with African partners is on the countries of Central and Eastern Africa. In 2011, 42 alumni of the doctors’ MBA programme came together to form and expert network. With support from HNU, the ‘Experts' network for Healthcare Management in Central and East Africa (MBACEA)’ promotes various capacity building activities; it conducts regional and international workshops, publishes newsletters and coordinates communications between health experts in five African countries.
Just how important interdisciplinary and international networking is in the health sector is also underscored by the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences’ competence centre, the Centre for Networked Health. The work of this centre concentrates on finding ways of networking important actors in the health sector so that it is possible to improve the quality of healthcare provisions, and the quality of the specialist and practical know-how of the expert staff, while at the same time keeping costs as low as possible. Professors, staff and students at HNU our working together in their attempt to answer the question of how they can contribute to networking in the health sector, and how ‘networked health’ can be established as a focal area of teaching and research.
Health Management webinar
This webinar was hosted on the Alumniportal by the Africa Centre of Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences (HNU). It will address various topics in the field of Health Management.
Continuing education in the health sector
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