The general purpose of the programme Youth Health Care is to enable the student, by efficient use of different teaching methods, to improve, check and safeguard the health, the growth and the development of youth as a medical doctor in youth health care.
General basic principles are:
- the conditions in which young people live
- the collective dimension of health in the broad sense of the word
- the collaboration with other disciplines
- a scientific basis for the functioning (evidence-based)
This generally means that the youth doctor is expected to:
- have a social and ethical attitude
- have a preventative attitude in the broad sense of the word
- have a scientific attitude and the willingness for lifelong learning
- the youth doctor has an insight in the organisation and structure of health care, social care and education in general and in particular in the preventative care for young people and is able to use the current thinking models; he/she is able to situate these in a historical and international context.
- the youth doctor has an insight in the medico-ethical, legal and deontological developments, and particularly in those connected with collective-preventative functioning; he she can work in accordance with these developments.
- the youth doctor has an insight, on the level of groups as well as on an individual level, in the growth, the development, the health behaviour and the health condition (physical, psychological and social) of young people and in the factors that influence these (determinants); he/she is able to evaluate these.
- the youth doctor has an insight in the concepts of normality and normal variance and is able to work with odds and with programmatic tracking techniques (systematic, following protocols, methodical thinking and working).
- the youth doctor has an insight in the methods of problem definition and of available remedy possibilities; he/she is able to describe a problem and how to deal with it, based on his/her own examination (physical, psychological and social) and taking the findings of other disciplines into account.
- the youth doctor has the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to collaborate with others and is capable of effective networking in the health and social sector; he/she has the necesarry clinical, social and communicative skills to function as a youth doctor.
- the youth doctor has an insight in management methods and can apply these in preventative services; he/she has an insight in implementation strategies and can apply these for instance in vaccination policy.
- the youth doctor has an insight in policy processes and decisionmaking structures; he/she has the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to confer with policy makers on all levels and to convince them on the basis of scientific arguments and elements from the practise.
- the youth doctor has an insight in the different systems of health preservation in general and in particular in health information systems; he/she can critically evaluate these and apply its results to his/her own population.
- the youth doctor has the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to gather scientific information, to critically evaluate it and to report it adapted to the target group and the management; he/she is capable of independent learning.