Improving the Quality of Higher Education in Public Health Sciences 2013-2015 (HEPHS II)

Coordinator University of Eastern Finland
Contact details

Jussi Kauhanen, jussi.kauhanen(at), project director
Arja Erkkilä, arja.erkkila(at), project academic coordinator
Paola Kontro, paola.kontro(at), project administrative coordinator

Budget €618 000
Duration 04/2013 - 12/2015
Academic field Public Health and Nursing


Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania
University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Kenya
Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Joensuu, Finland

Brief Description:

The project aims at developing higher education of professional public health and nursing science experts in selected African partner universities. Ultimately, the goal is to build sustainable structures to address major public health challenges in these countries. The project is coordinated by the University of Eastern Finland, with collaboration of the Karelia University of Applied Sciences.

The project will continue the HEPHS I (2011-2012) achievements in upgrading and adding new courses and modules to the curricula of partner HEI programs, continuing the successful training of trainers program with faculty and staff, and strengthening the south-south HEI network.

New initiatives for HEPHS II will include:

  1. Strengthening the southern HEI networks to ensure the sustainability of this education
  2. Leadership and management training
  3. Collaboration with community stakeholders to promote community based public health

The identification of priorities is based on local needs in higher education of public health and nursing, and more broadly, on assessment of how this education can help to promote population health in sustainable way. Significant progress has been made already during the first phase of HEI ICI, yet much remains to be done before we are assured of the self-sustainability of this program in the future.

Result Area(s):

  • Improved quality and relevance of higher education
  • Improved information management in teaching and learning

Key Results to be Achieved:

  • Strengthen the organizational infrastructures and strengthen the inter-HEI network amongst the southern HEIs
  • To upgrade the public health and nursing curricula of the southern HEIs
  • To build capabilities of junior staff in modern teaching and evaluation methodology

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