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ASPHER Deans' & Directors' Good Practice Award

ASPHER Deans' & Directors' Good Practice Award for excellence in public health training and education

At the end of 2017, ASPHER proudly presented the ASPHER Deans' & Directors' Good Practice Award, an initiative of the 2017-2019 presidential agenda.

This yearly award, in which all ASPHER members are invited to participate, will showcase the best master programmes and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses offered by members of the Association. Three main characteristics of the programmes and courses will be assessed: impact, internationalisation, and innovation. These characteristics will be assessed by a panel of independent experts. 

The aim of the award is to promote excellence in public health education and training across Europe by encouraging ASPHER member schools to share their best practices and success stories. 

The 2020 award went to Train4M&H training on migration and health.

The 2020 award goes to Train4M&H, which developed CPD training programmes for four determined target groups: health professionals, social workers, law enforcement officers or professionals with equivalent functions, and coach trainers. For the first three target groups, the training programmes aim directly at individuals who are working at local level with migrants and refugees. The training programme for coach trainers is targeted at experienced trainers who are able to further disseminate training content when the need arises.

All training programmes were conceptualised with a view to develop or reinforce skills, enhance understanding and positive attitudes, and promote a holistic approach in the work with migrants and refugees. Specifically, it aims at providing self-training materials for the targeted population, in national languages. They can be taught separately, or in a multidisciplinary setting combining several target groups.

While the action encompassed an extensive roll-out reaching over 2,000 participants across the 33 countries participating in the EU Health Programme, further use of the programmes is also supported by an e-training course.

Train4M&H was funded by the 3rd EU Health Programme. 

The Good Practice Awards since 2018:

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) Fellowship Programme: EPIET & EUPHEM
ASPHER Deans' and Directors' Retreat Erice | Good Practice Award 2019 

EuroPubHealth+ European Master in Public Health. 
ASPHER Deans' and Directors' Retreat London | Good Practice Award 2018