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Public Health and Policies (DYPO) – Thematic Units

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DYPO50 Introduction to Public Health and Policies

Code: DYPO50

ECTS: 10

Type: Compulsory

Semester offered: 1st

Teaching Language: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The aim of the Module is to provide students with knowledge that will help them understand the concept and role of public health, the factors that influence it, and the contemporary challenges it faces. The objective of the module is to provide knowledge regarding population health needs, factors affecting population health, the environment impacting population health, the structure of the public health system, international organizations dealing with public health, contemporary challenges of the public health system, and policies that promote public health.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand the meaning of public health
  • Report the factors which affect public health
  • Report the challenges that public health faces
  • Report the impacts of contemporary economic, social, and environmental problems on the population’s health.
  • Report on policies that have been implemented to protect the population’s health and promote well-being.
  • Evaluate public health policies

Subjects covered:

  • Public Health (definition – Indicators of public health)
  • Prevention – Health Promotion – Behavior and Health
  • Public health challenges and policies

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO51 Economics of Health Systems

Unit Code: DYPO51

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Compulsory

Semester in which it is offered: First (1st)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to basic concepts of the healthcare system, its role, functioning, constraints, and the contemporary challenges it faces. The objectives of this unit include understanding the nature and role of the good: “healthcare services,” the reasons for state intervention in the healthcare sector, the production and distribution of the good “healthcare services,” methods of financing healthcare services, the structure and functioning of the healthcare system, the factors determining the demand for healthcare services, inequalities in the healthcare sector, the measurement and evaluation of provided healthcare services, and the economic evaluation of healthcare services.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Define the type of good that healthcare services represent.
  • Report the reasons of government intervention in health sector
  • Understand the production process of healthcare services
  • Report the determinant factors of demand for healthcare services
  • Understand the concept of health system
  • Understand how the health system works
  • Understand and report the different financing methods of health system
  • Explain income inequalities in health sector
  • Evaluate health care services
  • Evaluate health policies and programs

Subjects covered:

  • Definition of healthcare services and State intervention in the field of healthcare
  • Structure, Financing, and Functioning of Healthcare Systems
  • Assessment, evaluation of programs, and health policies

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO52 Epidemiology and Public Health Statistics

Unit Code: DYPO52

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Compulsory

Semester in which it is offered: First (1st)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The purpose of the Module is for students to understand the concept of epidemiology, which involves the distribution and determinants of disease frequency in humans, as well as the use of statistical methods in studying the fundamental issues examined by epidemiology. The objectives of the Module include comprehending the concept of descriptive epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, genetic and social epidemiology, measuring and describing morbidity and mortality, monitoring the temporal progression of a disease, discovering causal factors behind diseases, studying the conditions and causes that lead to epidemics, and the history of diseases. A specific goal of the Module is to design and implement epidemiological studies.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to

  • Understand basic epidemiologic principles.
  • Understand how morbidity and mortality of the population are measured and described.
  • know the basic theoretical models of epidemiology.
  • Implement the appropriate epidemiological tools in research.
  • Implement basic statistical analysis in public health.
  • to interpret and evaluate the findings of statistical epidemiological studies
  • Evaluate public health strategies and measures through epidemiological principles.

Subjects covered:

  • Epidemiology Framework – Measures of morbidity and mortality in epidemiology
  • Psychological, social, and behavioral epidemiology
  • Epidemiological studies design

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO60 Public Health promotion and prevention

Unit Code: DYPO60

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Compulsory

Semester in which it is offered: Second (2nd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The aim of the module is to train and specialize students in the design, implementation and evaluation of preventive health management and health promotion programmes for the general population and special groups. The objectives of the module are the understanding of the concept of health promotion and health prevention, disease prevention services and health promotion in Greece, perceived healthrelated risk, prevention of cardiovascular diseases, malignant neoplasms and individual infections, the role of nutrition and smoking in health. A sub-objective is to design and implement public health prevention programmes.

Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand the concept of prevention and public health promotion
  • know what are the services of promotion and prevention
  • understand the concept of perceived health risk
  • know how to prevent cardiovascular diseases, neoplasms and infections
  • be familiar with the main models in the context of public health promotion
  • be aware of the role of nutrition and physical activity in health prevention and health promotion
  • evaluate measures and policies for public health promotion

Subjects covered:

  • Prevention and Public Health – Prevention of diseases and infections
  • Models for promoting health behavior – Health promotion for vulnerable groups
  • Design and evaluation of health promotion interventions

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO61 Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases in Primary Health Care

Unit Code: DYPO61

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Elective

Semester in which it is offered: Second (2nd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

Cardiovascular diseases are now the most common and leading cause of death both in our country and globally. The objective of the module is to analyze the fundamental causes of cardiovascular diseases related to modern lifestyle. Specifically, they are directly associated with sedentary life, unhealthy diet, lack of physical exercise, and intense psychological stress. Specific prevention methods related to lifestyle changes will be presented regarding these diseases, discussing the role of Primary Health Care in prevention and health promotion.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand the main causes of cardiovascular diseases
  • Know the impacts of modern lifestyle on the development of cardiovascular diseases
  • know the prevention policies for cardiovascular diseases
  • Understand the role of Primary Health Care on prevention and Health promotion

Subjects covered:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Prevention of heart diseases and Risk factors
  • The role of Primary Health Care in the prevention of heart diseases

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO62 Prevention and treatment of respiratory diseases and cancer in Primary Health Care

Unit Code: DYPO62

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Elective

Semester in which it is offered: Second (2nd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The purpose of this module is to present the causes of respiratory diseases and neoplasms and the main ways of contracting them, as well as the role of Primary Health Care in lung health promotion.

Learning outcomes:

With the completion of the course students will be able to:

  • understand the etiology of respiratory diseases
  • understand the causes of neoplasms
  • know the effects of the modern lifestyle in causing respiratory diseases and neoplasms
  • know how to prevent and treat respiratory diseases and neoplasms
  • know the role of primary care in the treatment of respiratory diseases and neoplasms

Subjects covered:

  • Physiology and anatomy of the respiratory system – Respiratory diseases and Respiratory care programs
  • Environmental – exogenous factors and malignant neoplasms – Risk assessment from exposure to carcinogenic agents
  • Prevention policies

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO63 Community Nursing

Unit Code: DYPO63

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Elective

Semester in which it is offered: Second (2nd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The purpose of the thematic unit is to acquaint students with the assessment and evaluation of the health needs of the individual, the family and the community, as well as the impact of social and environmental risks on health. The student is taught the concepts of planning, prevention, promotion and maintenance of health education and continuing nursing care for effective problem solving of healthy population groups in Primary Health Care and Community Nursing services.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • understand the concept of community nursing and its relationship to health and health promotion
  • report the theoretical framework of community nursing
  • report the principles of public health in Community Nursing
  • report how to organize nursing care in the community
  • report the concept of community nursing in promoting the health of vulnerable groups of the population

Subjects covered:

  • Theoretical framework of community nursing
  • Organization of nursing care in the community and Health promotion in the community
  • Community nursing and vulnerable population groups

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO64 Community Mental Health

Unit Code: DYPO64

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Elective

Semester in which it is offered: Second (2nd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The purpose of the module is to familiarize the student with the concepts of community mental health and to provide theoretical and clinical knowledge in order to acquire skills related to the integrated care of individuals, their families, and the community. The approach to mental health issues is with an emphasis on  community-based care delivery and incorporates the concepts of prevention, organization, and planning that ensure ongoing health care in the community.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to understand:

  • The concept of community mental health
  • The concept of community psychiatry
  • The relationship between the therapist and the patient
  • The Relationship between therapeutic care and psychopathology
  • The application of community mental health principles to the general population
  • How community mental health services are organized and planned.
  • The application of counseling to different patient groups

Subjects covered:

  • Theoretical foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
  • Therapeutic approaches in Psychiatric Nursing Care
  • Organization of Community Health and Nursing Mental Health of Special Populations

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO70 Sociology of Health

Unit Code: DYPO70

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Compulsory

Semester in which it is offered: Third (3rd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The purpose of this module is to educate students on the concepts of health sociology, the importance of the social environment in health and illness, and the socio-economic and cultural conditions that affect health and illness. The goals of the module include understanding the factors related to the social environment that influence health, differentiating between illness and disease, experiencing illness, and the impacts it has on people’s personal lives.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • To know and understand the basic principles of health sociology.
  • To be aware of the historical evolution of health sociology.
  • To understand the fundamental methodological paradigms of health sociology.
  • To comprehend the doctor-patient relationship.
  • To understand and be knowledgeable about population beliefs regarding health.
  • To comprehend the sociology of the body.

Subjects covered:

  • The relationship between health and illness and the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Population beliefs about health, lifestyle, and the sociology of the body.
  • Social inequalities and health.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO71 Psycho-social approach of vulnerable populations

Unit Code: DYPO71

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Elective

Semester in which it is offered: Third (3rd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The purpose of the module is to train students in issues related to the care of vulnerable populations, i.e., the elderly, migrants-refugees, women, children and adolescents, alcohol and substance abusers, persons with disabilities, and homeless people. The objectives of the module are to understand the factors that threaten the life, and health of people belonging to vulnerable groups and the ways of interventions that contribute to improving the health of individuals. The historical development of social inequalities and the new emerging social risks that threaten the health of the population will also be discussed.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Know the main social risks faced by vulnerable groups of the population.
  • Know the historical evolution of social inequities and their link to public health.
  • Deepen the understanding of modern psycho-social interventions aimed at defending public health.

Subjects covered:

  • Introduction to Health Psychology
  • Health Behavior and the Experience of Illness
  • Pain and End-of-Life Disease Management – Stress Management and Health

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO72 Public Health Law, Patients’ Rights and Bioethics

Unit Code: DYPO72

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Elective

Semester in which it is offered: Third (3rd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The aim of the module is to familiarize the student with the concept of public health law and rights, the concepts of bioethics, the ethical dilemmas encountered in clinical practice, and the equal access to healthcare while respecting human rights. The goals of the module include providing knowledge regarding the basic elements of legislation related to healthcare professions, encompassing the concepts of professional rights, patient rights, medical and nursing liability, and their application in clinical practice. Additionally, issues related to biomedical ethics will be analyzed, along with matters concerning the rights of healthcare service users, as well as civil and criminal liabilities arising from the practice of the medical profession.

Learning outcomes:

With the successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the conceptual framework of health law
  • Recognize bioethical issues
  • Know the rights of a user of healthcare services within a healthcare system
  • Comprehend fundamental ethical problems
  • Understand the basic principles and rules of medical ethics

Subjects covered:

  • The conceptual formation of public health law and the rights of users of public health services.
  • Rules of primary and secondary prevention law.
  • Definition of bioethics, the theoretical framework of ethics, and Medical Ethics.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO73 E-government and e-health

Unit Code: DYPO73

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Elective

Semester in which it is offered: Third (3rd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline 

Purpose – Description:

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the concept of e-government and more generally to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the field of public health. ICT supports the internal operations of public administration, its communication and cooperation with citizens and businesses, but also decision making and policy development and contributes to the transformation of the way it operates. The objectives of this module are to familiarise students with the concept and role of e-government in the field of public health. Specifically, the thesis discusses the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the field of public health. In addition, it analyses the role of eHealth for the benefit of citizens’ health.

Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand the role of e-government in the field of public health
  • understand the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in improving the use of health services
  • understand the concept of eHealth and its role in promoting public health

Subjects covered:

  • Health Informatics and Integrated Information Systems
  • Electronic Health Record
  • Telemedicine, Telehealth, and e-Health

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPO74 Health Crisis Management

Unit Code: DYPO74

ECTS Credits: 10

Unit Type: Elective

Semester in which it is offered: Third (3rd)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The purpose of this module is to train students in crisis management in the field of health. Students will familiarize themselves with the philosophy of health crisis management (man-made and natural disasters) and learn the tools to address as well as methods to design relevant humanitarian interventions. Students will be taught the basic communication examples traditionally used in crisis management and related to media and the power of picture in crisis. Special emphasis will be placed on administrative organization and organizational preparation and crisis management with an emphasis on public health crises. In particular, students will be able to know the different types of crises, understand the effects of the crisis, recognize the psychological factors that influence crisis management, design crisis management programs and evaluate the effectiveness. The main goal of module is to understand the different types of crises in health care, the social, health and psychological factors that influence crisis management, the design of crisis management programmes and the evaluation of the effectiveness of crisis management programmes.

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand the impacts of a crisis event.
  • Recognize the psychological factors influencing crisis management.
  • Utilize basic models and tools of strategic planning and organization for interventions during crisis periods.
  • Assess the cost and consequences of a public health crisis.
  • Design crisis management programs and evaluate the effectiveness of crisis management programs.

Subjects covered:

  • Understanding healthcare crises.
  • Management and handling of crises in the healthcare sector.
  • Communication of crises in the healthcare field.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic semester which constitute a 40 percent of each student’s grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 60 percent of the students’ final course grade.

Teaching Method: Distance using the HOU Distance Learning Platform and conducting Group Counseling Meetings (tele-OSS).

 

DYPODE Master’s Thesis

Unit Code: DYPODE

ECTS Credits: 30

Unit Type: Compulsory

Semester in which it is offered: Fourth (4th)

Language of instruction: Greek

Module Outline

Purpose – Description:

The purpose of the Master’s Degree is to familiarize students with scientific research. Within the framework of the Master’s Degree, students learn to formulate research questions, design their research, search for bibliographic references, collect, classify, and process statistical data, and write the research paper.

https://www.eap.gr/semi-annual-programs/

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Prepare a research outline
  • Develop research methodologies
  • Search for literature
  • Search for statistical data
  • Prepare a literature review on a research topic
  • Process, present, and analyze statistical data

General Regulations for the Preparation of Postgraduate Dissertations in a Master’s Degree Programme with semester-long Thematic Unit

For more information regarding the Specifications – Useful Material for writing Master’s Theses and uploading a Thesis at the H.O.U. Repository, you can go to the Digital Training Area http://courses.eap.gr and especially to the Program of Studies section.

 

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