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General information

The European Training Consortium for Public Health and Health Promotion (ETC PHHP) carries working already 25 years, with an innovative methodology realising face-to-face courses of two weeks, being the University of Alicante the headquarters of his next edition. The main aim of the course is to familiarise to the assistants with the concepts related with the active of health and the experiences that there is under way in Spain and Europe, especially in his relation with the salutogenesis and the promotion of the health and support the development of an international project colaborativo between groups of students.

  • Director: Carlos Álvarez-Dardet Díaz
  • Department: Community Nursing, Preventive Medicine and Public Health and History of Science
  • Length of the course: 2 weeks (80 hours)
  • Credits: 80 hours / 8 credits LRU / ECTS
  • Date: from July 17 to July 28, 2017
  • Venue: University of Alicante campus
  • Admission requirements:: Students, professional of Sciences of the Health and public in general interested in the subject. Minimum level B1 in English
  • Requirements for obtaining the diploma or certificate: assistance to 80% of the sessions and presentation by heart
  • All the classes are taught in English

Program 2017


Classes run from Monday through Friday and take place in the morning and afternoon,from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Course content

Central in this 26th ETC Summer School is the perspective of Public Health Assets complementary to the classic needs/deficit approach used in the majority of public health and health promotion programmes. The notion of assets has its origin in Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and is nowadays often applied as a public health intervention tool. One special aim of this course will be discussing possible connections between Salutogenesis developed by Aaron Antonovsky and the Assets model of health. The aim of the residential Summer School in Alicante is to provide an international and multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of knowledge and skills and opportunities to explore:

  • - People-environment interaction in relation to the promotion of health and wellbeing (health promotion)
  • - Internal and external resources and mechanisms that enable people to participate fully in society
  • - System approaches to create synergy between Salutogenesis and Public Health Assets

The 2-week course opens with a 1-day International Concha Colomer Symposium which is open to a wider audience of local and international professionals and academics with an interest in health promotion or the theme ‘Public Health Assets’. Both theoretical and practical elements of health promotion are included throughout the programme, which is underpinned by an emphasis on participant interaction. This includes field visits to exemplary local programmes and opportunities for sharing knowledge and experiences with international colleagues involved in promoting health in its broadest sense. All participants are involved in preparing a "country presentation" to present to all participants during the beginning of the course and will later engage in developing a project (including a research component) as part of an international multidisciplinary working group.

WHO should come?

Participants from the field of health promotion, public health and health or social care professions are all welcome as are participants with a broad understanding of the concept of health. People who have a background in urban planning, education, social work, in research, management, practice or policy will find the course stimulating and relevant.

The course working language is English. The number of participants is limited to 30.




  • Pre-registration and registration information

If the number of students enrolled in the course does not exceed the minimum University of Alicante can resolve the non-celebration of the course.


Organized with:



University of Alicante 'Rafael Altamira' Summer Courses

Cursos de Verano de la Universidad de Alicante "Rafael Altamira"
Edificio Germán Bernácer - Universidad de Alicante
Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig s/n
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante (Spain)

Tel: (+34) 96 590 9827

Fax: (+34) 96 590 3839



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