The aim of education and study in the newly accredited two-year follow-up Master's studies program “Public Health” is to acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of “Public Health” needed to perform managerial functions in the system of health service providers and health protection and promotion. The aim of the study is to educate and prepare students for clinical practice and research to be competent to perform activities aimed at promoting Public Health and quality of health services and care provided on the basis of scientific evidence, especially in the following key areas of study:
- medical management and leadership
- management and monitoring of the clinical trial
- health technology assessment
- developing systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines
- coding of health services
The content of the program is therefore focused on consolidating and deepening the education acquired in the previous bachelor's degree; or a master's program and, secondly, to acquire specific knowledge and skills in the field of healthcare, its management and evaluation in the context of internationally recognized requirements defined by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). In the context of APHEA, graduates will also be able to work in the field of public health at workplaces outside the Czech Republic, especially in Europe.
The new curriculum will reflect the transformation of the health care system in the context of international efforts to improve care (changes in health service delivery and management and quality assessment) and respond to labor market demands as well as missing graduates with appropriate professional qualifications (health service quality manager, clinical trial monitor, health services encoder, clinical practice methodologies).
Currently, it is possible to acquire similarly focused knowledge and skills only within individual isolated certified courses (to acquire special professional competence) or specialization courses (to acquire specialized professional competence), so their quality and homogeneity in terms of content and users are not unambiguously guaranteed. but in particular, the graduates are not assured that their knowledge and skills will be used in clinical practice.
Requirements for improving the quality of health services, their corresponding reporting and subsequent reimbursement are key components of a properly functioning health service based on modern principles and available scientific knowledge.