Master’s Course on Health Systems, Traditional and Non-Conventional Medicine

A joint project by the Observatory and Methods for Health, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy and the Charity for Person-Centered Medicine-Moral Entity, Bologna, Italy.


taraNovember 4th, 2016 at Università di Milano-Bicocca until June 6th, 2017.

Lessons are in Italian language
Fridays: 9 AM to 6 PM

Paolo Roberti di Sarsina, MD, Academic Coordinator

A unique Italian collaborative post-graduate educational project in the field of Traditional and Non- Conventional Medicine.

Organizing bodies: Observatory and Methods for Health, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy (Mara Tognetti Bordogna) and the Charity: Association for Person-Centered Medicine”, Bologna, Italy (Paolo Roberti di Sarsina).

The Masters program divides into two broad areas:

Sociology/Sociology of Health, and Human/Veterinary Medicine and Traditional and Non-Conventional Medicines.

The program will address the subjects of health, person-centered medicine, traditional and non-conventional medicines, and anthropological health systems. To this end it will survey various health models and their impact on welfare, and go into the latest topics of Health Sociology.

As part of planning and assessment of health systems (regionally, nationally, internationally) course participants will be taught to analyze, quantitatively and qualitatively, the inequalities of health arising from the various systems of treatment and research.

Length of program:

The program is 1,500 hours of professional training activities, including lessons, seminars, guided study and free study. It is completed by project work and periods of work experience affording practice in the chosen career avenue skills.

Participants are expected to spend 400 hours work experience at a public, private or service sector facility that may be arranged by the student or by the Master’s placement service. At this stage participants will be supervised in their project work by a company tutor or university tutor.


The Master’s program provides participants with tools of theoretical and practical knowledge useful for the formation of professionals capable of integrating economic and management aspects with those of clinical care and different medicines. It also provides tools for quantitative and qualitative analysis of health related issues, aimed at the design and evaluation of health systems at regional, national and international levels and the study of health inequalities.

It confers poker to tackle the issues of health, person-centered medicine, traditional medicine and non-conventional systems of health based anthropology; professional growth and expertise to improve the management of the Hospitals, care institutions, health centers, in line with the new demand of care. The program provides tools for the development of managerial skills in key roles in planning, programming, monitoring and evaluation research, within the complex management of health services and nursing research.

The role of the Manager of the Health Systems, Traditional and Non-Conventional Medicine with interdisciplinary skills is aimed at providing employment within the health system (national and/or regional) and the broader context of health systems.
The Manager can be placed in top positions in the organization and management of different types of structures dealing with health: management of complex work units (hospital and / or regional) coordinating or consulting within public, private, third sector, as regional departments, regional agencies for health and health services, ministry, pharmaceutical companies, epidemiological observatory, research centers, hospices, structures dealing with health, research on health systems and on traditional and nonconventional medicine and the university.

Themes addressed in the program:

Contributions to the interdisciplinary study of health systems, epistemology and theoretical models for the study of health systems, The health systems: models, competition, integration of global health, the national health and regional health systems, third sector and health systems, structures of welfare health, biomedicine, non-conventional and traditional medicine, the non-conventional and traditional medicine in health systems, health inequalities, research methodology: qualitative and quantitative methods to health, designing systems to health, the relationship of care, and bioethics.


European and non-European citizens must have at least a degree not lower the first level degree (BS) or equivalent qualifications.


The enrolling fee to the mastercourse is 3,000 Euro. Each student must attend at least 75% of the total hours of lessons.


The student is obliged to participate in an internship of 400 hours. During the internship participants can develop their project work with a mentor for both corporate and university.


The course gives 60 credits: Classes 264 hours (33 credits), Laboratory 48 hours (3 credits), Tutorials 48 hours (4 credits) Internship and/or research 400 hours (16 credits), Final exam (4 credits). There will also be activities related to: self-guided study and self-study.

Suitable for:

Doctors, dentists, veterinarians, biologists, dispensing chemists, administrators, executives, managers, graduates in humanities and social sciences, local health unit staff, workers in hospitals, especially those with wellness departments, the scientific health institutes, foundations and hospices, palliative care centers, health workers at local authority social services, in the service sector, in private and/ or accredited facilities, regional offices and administrations, PhD and university researchers, researchers in private and public organizations, observatory staff, and members of the public if in possession of the right qualifications. Those with a foreign study qualification may take part provided it is declared equivalent to one of the above qualifications by an Italian academic authority.

Professional outlets:

Top health-system management positions with responsibility for organizing and running the various health facilities with their complex-working units (in hospitals and/or throughout the surrounding areas). Coordination or consultation within public, private and service-sector institutions, as well as regional health offices, agencies and health units, at the health ministry, in clinics, pharmaceutical companies, service companies or hospital and hospice suppliers, consultant firms, epidemiological observatories, research centers, wellness centers, research teams studying health systems, traditional and non- conventional medicines, and in general the university.


Interdisciplinary contributions to the study of health systems, theory and epistemology of health system models, health systems, models, competition, integration, sustainable health across the world, national health service and regional systems, services sector and health systems, welfare structures, biomedicine, traditional and non- conventional medicines, non-conventional medicines within health systems, inequalities in health, quali-quantitative healthcare methods, planning health systems relating in therapy and bio-ethics.

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