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Maastricht University Students Partake in Annual Public Health Law Conference 2018

Master students use PBL to teach conference participants about Public Health Law

From November 18 -23, 2018 "Public Health Law" seminar took place at Schloss Arenberg. A group of students from the Governance and Leadership in European Public Health (GLEPH) Master attended a week-long retreat in Austria, finding themselves leading discussions on public health law, highlighting the importance of using PBL to excel in foreign learning environments.

Surrounded by colleagues coming all the way from the Russian Federation, Poland, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, and even the United States, students critically evaluated the application of law in different health settings. Discussions about ethics, morality, and capturing data on public health law inspired students to vigorously share their experiences and knowledge, primarily through designing a PBL case which was presented to the attending faculty. “Our Master students represent the future leaders in public health, and the valuable exchange of information taking place at this seminar between students and international colleagues on health law provided a valuable step in the development of their leadership profile.” -- Dr. Katarzyna Czabanowska, Associate Professor at the Department of International Health at Maastricht University.

As GLEPH students prepare to enter their spring semester placements, the opportunity to learn about the legal aspects of health law will prove vital in developing relevant thesis topics answering Europe’s most challenging public health controversies. The Public Health Law Conference is an annual seminar funded by The American Austrian Foundation (AAF) and Open Medical Institute (OMI) in collaboration with Maastricht University and the Association of the Schools of Public Health in European Region (ASPHER). The students would like to personally thank The AAF and OMI for making this opportunity possible.

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