Department of PHM
The department PHM consists of the following three disciplines: Public Health, Healthcare Innovation and Medical Humanities. The common core of these three fields is formed by the shared object of research and education: health of the general population and medical practice in its social context. Examples include the prevention of diseases and disorders in the general population, the social and economic aspects of preventive and curative care, and health law, medical history and ethical aspects.
Public Health is a multidisciplinary field of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting (public) health through the organized efforts of society. It includes the interaction between health and disease to humans and the environment.
Health Technology Assessment refers to the interdisciplinary evaluation of new developments in healthcare and medicine. The Healthcare Innovation department performs health technology assessments (HTA) and economic evaluations of medical interventions in the broadest sense (e.g. medication, surgery, diagnostics, public health) in all disease areas.
Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field in which both the humanities (medical ethics, health law and the history of medicine) and social sciences (medical sociology and medical anthropology) are included. It includes ethical and legal dilemmas and contributes to scientific and societal issues. It is within the UMC Utrecht Julius Center especially on medical ethics, health law and medical history.
UMC Utrecht Julius Center PHM educational staff participates in various ongoing educational programs and provides courses at several levels in the (bio)medical curriculum and in continuous medical education. The major purpose of all of these courses is to teach students the principles and methods of Public Health, Healthcare Innovation and Medical Humanities. Also many scientific and practical internships are offered in social medicine, medical ethics, health law, youth health, environmental health and occupational health.
PHM is available through the secretariat: +31(0)88 75 681 88.