Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Module Information
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EPH1025  - Health-Technological Innovation and EU Competencies

Period 5: from 8-4-2024 to 7-6-2024
Coordinator: Pavlova, M.
ECTS credits: 9
Language of instruction: English

Publication dates timetable/results in the Student Portal

Deadline publication timetable
The date on which the timetable of this module is available: 22-3-2024

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 23-6-2024

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Resit date: 10-7-2024

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Course information

Description: EN:

The module starts with an introduction focused on the challenges of sustainable innovation in the complex world of healthcare. This interdisciplinary module introduces students to the concept and process of health technological innovation and the role that EU institutions play in this process.

In the subsequent two weeks, the topics of safety, privacy, assessment and implementation related to health technological innovation are introduced.

The following three weeks cover specific innovations, namely innovations related to, for example: (1) pharmaceuticals, (2) medical devices, (3) big data. The EU legal competencies and EU policy initiatives related to each of these domains, are also incorporated in the module, as well as the key public and private sector players, and their roles and partnerships per domain.

The module also touches upon possible involvement of health consumers in the innovation process to co-create new health products, process and policy initiatives that cater to consumer preferences, and improve their experience and quality of life.

Parallel to this, students work on a project assignment focused on di/e-/m-health technology. Students learn how to pick up a new idea that responds to specific health needs, investigate it through theoretical public health and health care models, and apply it to a real-world setting taking into account legal, financial and social constraints.

Example topics include: ethical and societal challenges of health technological innovation, unintended consequences of health technological innovation, questionnaire design and data coding, sample vs sampling variability, case studies.Students explore additional topics as part of the Specialized Competency Lines (SCL).

The module ends with a refection week, which brings together various topics discussed throughout the module, followed by an exam week.
Goals: EN:


By the end of the module, students should be able to:

E112. Define and reflect on health technological innovation as a domain, identify main health technological innovation methods

E113. Distinguish between public health and medical approaches to technological innovation in health care

E411. Identify the organs and major political, administrative, and legal structures and processes of the European Union (related to health technological innovation)

E412. Articulates diverse roles of public policy in health protection and promotion within the European Union (related to health technological innovation)

E511. Identifies key examples of public health policy and programs in Europe (related to health technological innovation)

E513. Defines roles of insurer, provider and patient (related to health technological innovation)



By the end of the module, students should be able to:

I612. Explains basic forms of qualitative and quantitative research methods and data collection

I613. Summarize the empirical cycle

I711. Describe examples of interventions used in public health practice and policy

I712. Identify basic components and levels of interventions

I811. Define science, scientific thinking and scientific knowledge

I812. Explain and illustrate problems using academic approaches and critiques

I813. Assess scientific research and publications at a basic level under close supervision

I814. Recall fundamental principles of research ethics and integrity

I911. Describe the ways in which research forms the basis for public health activity

I1011. Name sources of quality public health information

I1012. Read selectively in terms of both quantity and quality of reading materials

I1013. Relate problem-based learning techniques to personal learning goals and process



By the end of the module, students should be able (on a basic level) to:

C1211. Present on public health topics for peers and teachers

C1212. Discuss topics and findings in English (aiming for level B2)

C1311. Identify target audience, aim, and channels of a program of public health communication

C1312. Demonstrate understanding of feedback from teachers and peers

C1313. Produce limited feedback for peers under supervision



By the end of the module, students should be able to:

P1611. Accept feedback from staff and students passively

P1613. Summarize what has been learned

P1615. Behave in a respectful, professional and reliable manner in tutor groups, practicals and group work

P1711. Contribute actively and positively within tutor groups and training groups

P1811. Understand and describe the problem-based learning approach

P1813. Positively engage the challenges and opportunities of intercultural diversity within tutorial groups 
Key words: EN:
health technological innovation, EU legal competencies, safety, privacy, public health, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, big data, d/e/m-health technology, diffusion of innovation, implementation of innovation
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Assignment(s)
  • Work in workgroup(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Paper(s)
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Presentation(s)
  • Training(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Assignment
  • Attendance
  • Computertest
  • Final paper
  • Participaion
  • Presentation
  • Written exam

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