INFORMATION AND ADVISORY SERVICES:
Dr. Esther Cabrera (coordinator and academic director of the Master).
Pre-enrolment: Open from January 2014
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Life expectancy in Catalonia is almost two years above the European average. However, more than 30% of the adult population claim to suffer from one or more chronic illnesses. The Health Department predicts that chronic illnesses such as heart failure, chronic obstructive lung disease, diabetes mellitus, mental disorders, depression, dementia, cancer and osteoporosis will become the most common illnesses among the Catalan population in the coming years. Chronic illnesses are and will remain present throughout our society in the years to come and will have an increasing social, economic and healthcare impact.
The challenge posed by chronic illnesses for modern societies and their healthcare systems is a tangible reality. The fundamental aspect of comprehensive healthcare for the patient and their families will require health professionals in the various disciplines equipped to tackle all the dimensions in relation to these pathologies. In this respect, the team at the Advanced College of Health Sciences believe that there should be leaders in terms of all prevention, treatment, control and monitoring activities in relation to these pathologies, with direct communication between health policymakers, healthcare professionals providing direct treatment, researchers in the academic world, patients, families and carers.
Dr. Esther Cabrera
Director of the School of Health Sciences
Academic Coordinator of the Master’s Degree
The Master’s Degree in Chronicity and Dependency that is presented below should promote the training of health professionals motivated and involved with our health care system and its reality. Social (aging, chronicity, etc . ), technological ( new therapies , new drugs , etc.) and economic trends (increased pressure on public resources ) make training challenging in new skills for health professionals who will participate in the planning, management and evaluation of health programmes in Catalonia.
The Master’s Degree in Chronicity and Dependence is an interuniversity Master’s Degree coordinated by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and in conjunction with the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB ). The School of Health Sciences along with Maresme Health Consortium will be the institutions in charge. There are prestige collaborating organizations participating like the Clínic Hospital of Barcelona and the TICSalut Foundation. The collaboration with these institutions has carried out the following postgraduate academic programme:
1. Master’s Degree in Chronicity and Dependence. A research oriented Master´s Degree with a multidisciplinary approach (90 ECTS) 2. Postgraduate Degree in Health Research (in-person) 30 ECTS 3. Postgraduate Degree in aging and dependence (blended learning) 20 ECTS 4. Postgraduate Degree in management, treatment and monitoring of chronic diseases (blended learning ) 20 ECTS
Access to the PhD
The Master’s Degree in Chronicity and Dependence provides access to doctoral programmes because it is a 90 ECTS Research Master’s Degree (http://www.boe.es/boe/dias/2011/02/10/pdfs/BOE -A- 2011- 2541.pdf ) The School of Health Sciences has established an agreement with the PhD Programme in Nursing Sciences of Jaume I University (Castellon) to offer students the possibility to access this programme. The MUCD also offers the possibility to access the Biomedicine Doctoral Programme of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the Medicine Programme of Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).
Dr. Adelaide Zabalegui , Nursing director of the Clínic Hospital of Barcelona and Teacher of the Master’s Degree
Scientific advances and new technologies that make dependent and chronic care increasingly more complex. This complexity requires professionals to have advanced training in response to the problems of the patients and their families. The best scientific guidelines and clinical evidence are the instruments that manage clinical judgment. In this context, the powers, functions and responsibilities of professionals in multidisciplinary teams combine synergistically to provide safe and high quality care. Moreover, the cultural, ethical, legal and organizational aspects of this care should be explored through case reports in order to analyse them later in clinical practice.
Chronicity and dependence have an important impact on the lives of patients and their families. I hope that this programme meets the educational expectations of health professionals and provides them with the innovative spirit with regard to the care of patients that receive the treatment.
Who can participate?
The Master’s Degree in Chronicity is aimed at health professionals from different disciplines: 1. Doctors who need a higher education in the field of chronic diseases and/or need to acquire more knowledge in research methodology.
2. Nurses who need more training in the field of chronic diseases and/or need to acquire more knowledge in research methodology. The Master’s Degree will provide them with the ECTS to access a PhD from a General Degree as established in the new RD 99/2011 of 28 January, as they will obtain the 300 ECTS required. In the case of not having enough ECTS, the ESCS will establish agreements with universities to provide additional training in order to facilitate this access.
3. Psychologists who need more training in the field of chronic diseases and/or need to acquire more knowledge in research methodology.
4. Social workers, who need more training in the field of chronic diseases and / or need to acquire more knowledge in research methodology. The Master’s Degree will provide them with the ECTS to access a PhD from a General Degree as established in the new RD 99/2011 of 28 January, as they will obtain the 300 ECTS required.
5. Physiotherapists who need higher education in the field of chronic diseases and/or need to acquire more knowledge in research methodology. The Master’s Degree will provide them with the ECTS to access a PhD from a General Degree as established in the new RD 99/2011 of 28 January, as they will obtain the 300 ECTS required.
6. Pharmacists and pharmacologists
7. Moreover, to professionals who can develop a specialized work in public or private institutions and companies, offer assessment services, care and develop care plans and specific adapted intervention to the needs of companies, designing, organizing and managing care units for people with chronic diseases and/or dependants, and with capacity for innovation and generation of scientific and technological knowledge.
PROFESSIONALS WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE POSTGRADUATE DEGREES
There will be health professionals who will consider Postgraduate Degrees as the opportunity to delve into more specific issues related to chronic diseases without the need to complete the Master’s Degree. Therefore, we offer the possibility to choose postgraduate degreees to people:
• Who want to better understand the phenomenon of chronicity in a specific area
• Who do not have the economic resources or time to complete an entire course
• Who want to study the Master’s Degree in a part-time format by individual modules
• Who do not need to access a PhD but want to increase their research skills