Collaboration in education and training
The Department is a member of ASPHER (Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region) since 1998. The teaching and development of the Department was evaluated by ASPHER Peer-Review team in 1999 and 2004 and the Department has improved its teaching content and quality assurance system according to the recommendations markedly.
The Department has ERASMUS contracts with Kuopio University (Finland), Fulda University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and Ostrava University (Czech Republic). These contracts have entailed teacher and student exchange.
For three years (2005–2007), the Department was being involved in a comprehensive project for the Development of vocational training in public health in the Baltic States (www.baltichealthtrain.ut.ee), sponsored by the EU Public Health Programme. This framework was a continuation of a comprehensive project for the development of training in public health in the Baltic States (BrimHealth), where the main partners were Nordic School of Public Health (Sweden), Kaunas Medical University (Lithuania) and Riga Stradins University (Latvia). These partnerships offered the staff of the Department ample and unique opportunities to participate in courses and to gain practical teaching experience in international settings.
The project “Capacity building for disease surveillance and health monitoring” (2007–2011), was a collaboration project between Tartu University, the National Institute for Health Development and the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia, and has also established partnerships with the Norwegian Cancer Registry and Oulu and Tampere Universities in Finland. For more information see dedicated web site at www.ut.ee/epi