The course comprises three emerging public health fields - chronic diseases, integrated care, and eHealth. The first part of the course will begin with some fundamentals and provides insight into the rise of chronic diseases and the challenge it constitutes to health and social care organisation.
Students will then be introduced to the various definitions and concepts of integrated care and eHealth (also referred to as digital health). A framework for integrated care for persons with multiple chronic diseases will be introduced and students will be taught the six key components of the framework including leadership & governance, financing and the role of information and communication technologies for implementing integrated care. The application of the framework's six key components in practice, i.e. in already implemented integrated care studies, will be demonstrated to the students afterwards. The course focuses on explaining the need for more integrated systems of care delivery and the opportunities provided by ICT applications, as they can play an important role in making integrated care becoming a reality.