Julius center staff participates in various ongoing educational programmes and provides courses at several levels in the (bio)medical curriculum.
The major purpose of all of these courses is to teach students the principles and methods of health services research, structure, quality, finance and functioning of health care systems, especially social medicine and public health interventions.
Public health is defined by WHO as the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized effort of society. Social medicine is a medical specialty dealing with interaction between health and illness for people and environment in economic and non-economic situations, the means of influencing these interactions and the purpose of positive problem solving measures for preservation, gaining and rehabilitation of health and also prevention and eradication of (the burden of) disease. Social medicine is part of public health. Collaboration with other professionals in multidiciplinary teams and on community-, national- and international levels is characteristic for this sector.
The principles and methods of health services research are essential for innovations in (parts of) health care systems, e.g. improving quality of care, contribute to efficiency and effectiveness, secure patient safety and introducing new concepts like disease management / integrated care and better triage- and emergency care systems.
Attention is paid to the policymaking processes within health care systems, health care reform and collaboration with other sectors like economics, law, ethics, sociology, organizational-, policy- and business sciences.