Research

General The project will have impact on the policy, research and practice in the participating countries and other European SMSs through the collaboration with the WHO Small Countries Network. In order to sustain the project results the SMS Network will be institutionalised within Maastricht University and the educational module will be introduced with the Master of European Public Health including the developed know how and incorporating the lectures from the experts participating in the project. In addition, educational material will be developed for use in the post-graduate degree courses at the University of Malta. Aim of the project is to 1. develop and establish a Jean Monnet network of universities and public health institutes; 2. to map and understand better the small states’ challenges and opportunities of European; integration in health and 3. to translate those findings into policy relevant messages and educational activities at the master studies level. The main results of the project will show: the establishment of the SMS Network, research in the area of SMS, four workshops focusing on: cancer, health professionals’ mobility, access to medicines, and rare diseases, publications in scientific peer reviewed journals, reports, presentations to policy makers and educational materials which will be incorporated in the academic curricula. The network consists of three university departments with a small state and (European) public health expertise, a public health institute and an independent nonprofit think tank from Malta, Estonia, Slovenia, Iceland and The Netherlands. The research will be conducted in a comparative manner across four health policy issues in four small states with the aim to enhance the collaboration between research, policy and practice in Europe and beyond.