Bachelor European Public Health – Maastricht University

Maastricht, Netherlands

Reviewed by NVAO

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Executive summary

Standard 1

The panel established that the bachelors programme in European Public Health has a unique focus on the European policy domain and on supranational organisations. This focus is a valuable addition to the academic and professional field in public health. The panel advises the programme management to articulate this focus more unequivocally and clearly in its vision on internationalisation. Creating a shared vision on internationalisation at a faculty and a programme level is a challenge. Although progress can still be made, the faculty and the programme are on the right track. The programme vision on internationalisation includes verifiable objectives. Nevertheless, the panel recommends that the programme specify these objectives in the future. It ascertained that the vision on internationalisation of the bachelor’s programme in European Public Health is actively supported and evaluated by the university and by an Advisory Board consisting of representatives of the professional field.

Standard 2

According to the panel, the intended learning outcomes of the bachelor’s programme include international and intercultural aspects, but could be more specific. The assessment methods are varied and well-connected to the international and intercultural learning outcomes of the programme and match the Active and Self-Directed Learning (ADSL) concept (see Standard 3). The panel studied fifteen theses and concludes that the overall level is what one would expect of an academic bachelor’s level. The majority of these theses included relevant topics and international elements. The panel recommends that the programme encourage students to address the relevance of their research topic and outcomes for the European Public Health domain more explicitly in their theses in the future. It found that the bachelor’s programme is well geared to the labour market and to other European master’s programmes.

Standard 3

The panel concludes that the programme has links to recent international developments and provides students with a solid and broad basis in European Public Health. The programme is well connected to the international and intercultural learning outcomes. It uses ASDL as its didactic concept. The panel finds that using ASDL in an international student community is a challenge and requires permanent attention. It is convinced, however, about its implementation in the bachelor’s programme European Public Health. It concludes that the learning environment of the bachelor’s programme is suitable for achieving the intended international and intercultural learning outcomes.

Standard 4

The teaching staff of the bachelor’s programme European Public Health includes six full professors, nine associate professors, eleven assistant professors, five teachers and six PhD students/researchers. According to the panel, the number of teaching staff is adequate. The panel is also positive about their general quality and engagement. The staff is well informed about recent developments in the field. The panel studied an overview of the international experiences of the core staff. It concludes that the staff of the programme has ample international experience and expertise. Furthermore, sufficient services are in place to facilitate their international experiences, intercultural competences and language skills.

Standard 5

The majority of students in the programme still originate from the Netherlands (V*) and Germany ÇÁ). The panel is convinced that the programme takes this issue seriously and was satisfied to find that it takes into account the diversity in international backgrounds when composing the ASDL groups. Students have ample opportunity to go abroad during their studies. All students gain sufficient international experience with a mandatory excursion to Poland in the third year, and by going on short study trips in the first and second year. Students who want to gain more international experience have the possibility to do their minor and internship abroad. Outstanding services have been put in place to support incoming and outgoing students.