Centre Virchow-Villermé Young Researchers: Projects Overview

Leona Kirchner, Katharina Klenk and Paula Marin joined the Centre Virchow-Villermé for Public Health Paris-Berlin (CVV) during the spring as Public Health Research interns. Their projects are covering a wide range of public health issues. Overview. 

Benchmark of MOOCs dedicated to Clinical Epidemiology, by Leona Kirchner, 4th year Medical Student (Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin)

Continuing medical education is crucial to ensure good clinical practice and to provide the best healthcare possible this is why doctors, clinicians and health workers have to stay informed with the newest research results and guidelines. Without doubt continuous learning is important but often there are obstacles in the everyday life, which make it difficult to stick to this intention. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are one of the solutions that facilitate long-life medical education. Under the instruction of Professor Antoine Flahault and Dr. Anneliese Depoux, Leona Kirchner, is building an overview of the existing MOOCs, which are interesting for clinicians, students or other interested people to expand their knowledge in the field of clinical epidemiology.The aim of this project is to straighten the offer in this domain and, eventually to create a new kind of certification for the students who finished a certain number of MOOCs in this field. >> Learn More.

Tobacco Control Policy: a Franco-German comparison, by Katharina Klenk, Master Student (Universität Bielefeld)

On the behalf of CVV’s objective to bundle French-German expertise in the field of public health and on better meeting the challenges faced by health problems – such as tobacco -, a comparative analysis regarding French and German tobacco policies will be performed. Several questions are arising: What are the general structures and current measures regarding tobacco control policy in Germany and France? To what extent has the percentage of people smoking changed in Germany and France since the commencement of the FCTC? What could be further measures to reduce the smoking prevalences? Could new tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes be taken into account as well? Under the instruction of Thomas Gerlinger (Universität Bielefeld) and Dr. Stefanie Schütte, Katharina Klenk will conduct a documentary research in order to give an answer to the above mentioned questions and to hopefully determine potential concepts and strategies for joint action. >> Learn more.

Health Systems Ranking, by Paula Marin, Master Student (Université Paris Descartes)

Conducting a ranking of health systems is necessary for the assessment of the performance of these structures, as well as, the monitoring of the accessibility of the population to them. For countries to improve the systems where they are failing, this comparison is helpful. There exist different rankings of health systems, but lacking is an unbiased, reliable, and standard methodology agreed upon by the scientific community for conducting these rankings. Currently, under the instruction of Professor Antoine Flahault and Dr. Stefanie Schütte, Paula Marin is performing an evaluation of the quality of the methodology of rankings that focus on health system Performance to assess the reproducibility and the contents of parameters necessary to judge these systems. These efforts will help us in the development and design of a standard methodology for the purpose of generating a sensible ranking in the near future.  >> More information soon.

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