collaborating partners


Maastricht University, the Netherlands

The youngest university in the Netherlands, Maastricht University (UM) is growing rapidly with approximately 11,500 students and 3,000 staff. UM is known for its unique education system: Problem-based learning (PBL). In a PBL environment students are personally responsible for their academic education and are viewed as active participants rather than passive recipients of knowledge. In small tutorial groups, they analyse problems, conduct discussions and exchange knowledge. In addition the university has a strong international orientation with students and staff from all over the Netherlands and an increasing number of students from abroad.

The Department of International Health is responsible for the overall coordination, the European Public Health perspective and content of the Module Leadership for European Public Health. The Department of Educational Development and Research is responsible for the quality of education and the development of an evaluation template to measure the effectiveness of Blended Learning. Finally, the Department of Health Care and Nursing Science will deliver an expert on blended learning and is responsible for the training of the trainers and knowledge transfer to other project settings. UM be responsible to write publications on the results of the project to be submitted in high impact factor journals.


Sheffield Hallam University, the United Kingdom

One of the UK’s most innovative universities, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) prides itself on making a difference for its students, staff, and the businesses they work with. The Centre for Professional and Organisation Development (CPOD) specializes in leadership and management development and evaluation in health and social care. The CPOD team has experience in managing health and social care services as well as academic experience facilitating learning in leadership and management to junior, middle, and senior mangers in health services from the UK and Europe. CPOD is located within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, SHU.

CPOD’s will supply specific expertise the design and delivery of leadership development programmes. The first pilot course for LEPHIE will be offered at Sheffield Hallam University.


Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Lithuania

An autonomous university primarily finance by the state, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LUHS) has been a major centre of medical and public health education in Lithuania since it’s founding in 1919. Taught primarily in Lithuanian, the university supports over 5000 students, including more than 300 foreign students from 20 countries. The University is associated with the Kaunas University Hospital.

Two departments from the Faculty of Public Health will participate in this project: the Department of Preventative Medicine and the Department of Health Management. These departments will develop a network of organisations devoted to developing life-long learning with a problem-based learning/blended learning approach. They will also ensure that all translation activities are carried out.


Medical University of Graz, Austria

The Medical University of Graz (MUG) prides itself on bring teaching and research together to support blended learning and innovation in health sciences. A comprehensive virtual campus supports innovative teaching methods such as problem-based learning and e-learning. The Institute of Nursing Science has developed a comprehensive curricula on all levels (bachelor, master, and PhD), grounded in the fundamentals of the bio-psycho-social model. They are focused on developing new strategies for teaching and learning in the growing complexity of public health. 

MUG will contribute its expertise in e-learning techniques and contribute to the development of new learning practices. They will also provide translation of the course into German.


Association of the School of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER)

Founded in 1966, ASPHER is the key independent organisation in Europe dedicated to strengthening the role of Public Health by improving the education and training of PH professionals for both practice and research. A non-profit organisation, ASPHER represents schools of public health and other public health postgraduate educational entities. It brings together 81 institutional members with over 2000 academics and experts from 40 countries throughout the European region.

ASPHER will play a key role in the dissemination and quality assurance activities related to LEPHIE. It will take the lead in developing the LEPHIE web platform and coordinating other related activities such as the ASPHER/EUPHA European Public Health Conferences 2010-2012. 


Scientific Committee Quality Assurance Committee Management Committee
Helmut Brand (chair) Christa Lohrman (chair) Katarzyna Czabanowska (Chair)
Rob de Bie Stella Jones-Devitt Nynke de Jong
Katarzyna Czabanowska  Juliane Eichhorn-Kissel Stephen O’Connor
Ramune Kalediene  Stephen O’Connor Karen Konings
Dirk Ruwaard  Nynke de Jong Tony Smith
Malcolm Whitfield Katarzyna Czabanowska Linas Sumskas
Tom Kuiper (advisor) Herma Roebertsen (advisor) Robert Otok
  Jeroen van Merrienboer Christa Lohrmann
    Yvonne van den Bergh
(Project Financial Manager)

News and Events

Leadership for Public Health in Europe LEPHIE course
2014-09-16 We are opening the next edition of the Leadership for Public Health in Europe LEPHIE course. The applications are still open. ... more LEPHIE Curriculum
2013-05-28 Currently the LEPHIE Curriculum is integrated as a horizontal trajectory in the Master of European Public Health Studies at Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.... more Leadership for Public Health: A vision for the future
2012-12-14 During this event you will discover: The essential role of leadership in Public Health Practice The key elements of effective Public Health Leadership How effective Public Health Leaders can be developed The pivotal role of Public Health education in delivering the new generation of leaders to meet these challenges... more Partners of the Lephie project ran a teacher training seminar in Sheffield on 6th December 2012.
2013-01-10 Developing an online/blended learning PBL module for an international cohort... more

Contact Us

Project Coordinator:
Katarzyna Czabanowska, Department of International Health
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
Phone: + 31 43 3881592 | E-mail:
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