Welfare and Health Technology – solutions to promote Health

An international elective Module for students in Nursing Science, Physiotherapy and Psychomotor Therapy.

University College UCC offers an international elective element with focus on Welfare and Health Technology, giving the students an opportunity to obtain knowledge, skills and competences through lessons and practical exercises, which facilitates the integration of technological considerations into their future professions.

ECTS-points
The elective element represents 10 ECTS.

Period
The elective element takes place the first six weeks of the 3rd semester, Spring semester calendar week 6 – 11,  and Autumn semester, week 35 to week 41. The duration of the module is 6 weeks. The spoken and written language will be English. Note: ERASMUS students will be able to combine this module with a following clinical practice module, acquiring a total of between 18-30 ECTS.

Theme
The focus in this elective element is on welfare and health technology, - technologies with the potential to promote health. In the Nordic Countries and in Denmark we use the term ‘Welfare Technology’, which refer to technology that prevents, assists or delivers welfare service.  Regarding the term ‘Health Technology’ we refer to WHO’s definition that refers to the application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of lives. Internationally the term ‘Assisted living technology’ covers what we define as welfare technology.

Technology has become an increasingly  important  part of everyday life for all of us, and the use of welfare and health technologies has also become more acceptable and  established in healthcare. We see an increased use both in hospitals, communities and in health clinics inclusive by the general practitioner. The citizens might stay longer in their own home with the possibility of obtaining an improved quality of life being more independent and having personal freedom. The development of the community demands innovative skills and theoretically based considerations concerning the use of technology. We need to modernize and optimize public health services related to healthcare correct and an ethically implementation process is essential and of utmost importance to obtain successful results. This requires a thorough introduction to the users of the technologies, e.g. the health professionals and the citizens.

Therefore, all health professions should be introduced to technology and include lessons about welfare and health technologies in their curriculum. It is an important factor as it contributes to an efficient improvement of the areas of nursing, personal care and rehabilitation. In this elective element, there is a strong focus on active student participation in order to achieve the necessary competences regarding the use of technology in healthcare.

Aim
The Aim is also to ensure the dissemination of welfare technologies worldwide. In recent years, the Danish public sector has invested in welfare technology, and export knowledge internationally regarding welfare technology solutions and is now in a strong position as front-runners.

We provide an international study with lessons in English for the students from above mentioned health educations achieving knowledge, skills and competences related to welfare and health technologies. There is focus on the following 6 specific technologies; - Telemedicine for patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Telemedicine for diabetics and Telemedicine for Home Monitoring, Cardiac rehabilitation app regarding patients in the acute phase, Sleep app, Stress app.

The students are able to achieve below mentioned knowledge, skills and competences participating in the 3rd semester and the elective element, “Welfare Health Technology – solutions promoting health”. These abilities sustain the student’s compliance relating to the learning objects at the 3rd semester in the particular health education.

Knowledge

  • Definitions of the following terms; technology, welfare technology, health technology, telemedicine, apps used in healthcare
  • The variation of health technology - and presented solutions promoting health. E.g. welfare technologies, telemedicine and apps
  • Promotion of health with technology
  • Appreciative communication
  • Motivational theory
  • Ethic and considerations using technology
  • Psychology related to and using technology
  • Assessment methods concerning welfare technologies, telemedicine solutions and regarding the use of apps

Skills

  • Promoting health with technologies
  • Interdisciplinary and mono-disciplinary interventions in using the selected technology solutions promoting health
  • Interdisciplinary and mono-disciplinary interventions working with selected technology solutions promoting health
  • Interdisciplinary and mono-disciplinary interventions assessing selected technology solutions promoting health
  • Communicating appreciatively in group work
  • Motivational approach in group work and using technology
  • Considering ethic aspects related to and using technology
  • Considering psychological aspects using technology
  • Critical assessing different technologies, such as welfare technologies, telemedicine solutions and apps

Competences

  • Extended knowledge using technology in healthcare
  • Understanding the variation and potential of using technology in healthcare
  • Technological profile regarding promotion of health via technologies, in particular regarding the six selected technologies
  • Communicating appreciatively with students colleges in group work, and concerning technology projects
  • Considering ethic aspects when using technology
  • Psychological knowledgeable concerning the interference of and when using technology in healthcare
  • Critical thinking and capable of assessing various type of technologies; e.g. welfare technologies, telemedicine solutions and regarding the use of apps

Learning methods
Various types of learning methods is used, e.g. theoretical presentations, group lessons, group work and discussions, field studies, practical experience/exercises, student presentations and preparations for study activity. The aim is that the students obtain basic knowledge about technologies used in healthcare and develop the required skills and competences by discussing and evaluating topics and methods. Furthermore, specific days allocated for self-study is part of the course.

The students will be working with a student’s portfolio/log as a tool for reflections trough the course.  During the elective element, we work with asynchronous, synchronous and collaborative communication learning technologies inclusive the use of video.

Structure and content in the 6 weeks
During the six weeks, we work with the following themes, terms and subjects:

Week 1: 
Introduction
Upstart of portfolio/log including goals for the element
Knowledge sharing about the theme welfare and health technology
Telemedicine as a discipline
Assessment of solutions regarding health technology/telemedicine
Telemedicine in relation to COPD, diabetes, home monitoring

Week 2:
Appreciative communication
Apps used promoting health
Apps used in relation to cardiac rehabilitation, sleep and stress

Week 3:
Technology and training/rehabilitation
Motivational theories
Ethics and welfare technology
Professions work with welfare and health technology, and the demand for new skills

Week 4:
Working in groups with project
Cluster counseling
Visits to the practice field

Week 5:
Working in groups with project
Cluster counseling
Finalize project and prepare for presentation

Week 6:
Oral presentations by the groups

Pre-requisite rewarding study activity
The students will work in groups with a self-elected topic during all six weeks. The last week all students have to attend the presentations of all groups. The students have to prepare the oral presentation as a group, - e.g. as a PowerPoint, Prezi presentation or Video. Each group presents the project with opponents from a second group, which has to prepare questions referring to the subject of the presentation. After the presentations, discussions will take place in plenum. The approval is giving by participation at all presentations of the groups.

Literature
The curriculum and recommended literature for the 6 weeks lessons indicated in the “Study Activity Plan” will be available in UCC’s intranet one month before the upstart of this elective element.

Lecturers in charge of the elective element

  • Anders Bech Christiansen, anbe@ucc.dk, Psychomotor Therapist Education
  • Benjamin Olivares Bøgeskov, bos3@ucc.dk, Research and Development
  • Bettina Møllemand, bemo@ucc.dk, Psychomotor Therapist Education
  • Gregers Winding Munch, grmu@ucc.dk, Physiotherapist Education
  • Pia-Lis Jensen, pili@ucc.dk, Nursing Education

Participants/Students
Erasmus International students Health Edu, students at UCC Scholarship and Health Edu students from UCC have first claim. 

Deadline for application

For Erasmus students and Health Edu students UCC, using MOVEON May 1st

For students on Visa and students accepted at UCC Scholarship, using MOVEON April 1st.

Welfare & health technologies

Application deadline

Semester Dates 2017-2018

Fall semester 2018
Lectures: August 27th - October 5th 2018

Spring Semester 2018
Lectures: February 5th - March 6th 2018

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