I am a trained physiotherapist who had a PhD project at the UAS Zurich and University of Lucerne in the Swiss learning health system.
The SSPH+ courses I visited include different areas like big data, statistical methods, scientific communication or writing training. I always enjoyed these courses, as the participants and the lecturers were so divers that I felt I can learn so much from them. I also realized that it can be an advantage having practical experience working in a health system as a health professional, because I am aware of the challenges, barriers or facilitators for implementing research evidence into practice. It was often very interesting in group projects, combining the knowledge from PhD students who are strong in their field of research together with my mixed expertise. I would encourage PhD students from UAS to participate in a SSPH+ program as this mixture of PhD students from universities and UAS has great potential to learn from each other.
Lea Ettlin, PhD, IGC alumni 2022