March 27th 2018

2018 Health Research Awards a great success for MCI

MCI graduates awarded first place in two of four categories: Health Promotion and Management in Health Care

Health Research Award mit MCI-Preisträgerin Kathrin-Anna Brodtrager.
MCI graduate Ann-Kathrin Brodtrager (second from the right) wins the 2018 Health Research Award in the Health Promotion category. © Health Research Award

On the occasion of the Austrian Health Economy Congress, the best master projects in the field of health economy were recently honored with the Health Research Award. This year, as in previous years, several MCI graduates could convince the jury with their theses. While Kathrin-Anna Brodtrager and Verena Maurer won two of altogether four categories, Sonja Carbon was awarded an excellent second place.

With her Master’s thesis “Measuring subjective health literacy among 4th grade students in Austria: a comparative empirical analysis among two federal states” Kathrin-Anna Brodtrager won first prize in the Health Promotion category. In her thesis, Brodtrager addresses health-related behaviors and health literacy of schoolchildren. In order to identify possible starting points for a new approach to promoting children’s health literacy, she analyzed the data collected from altogether 568 fourth graders in Tyrol and Styria.

The first prize in the category of Management in Health Care went to Verena Maurer, who stood out with her Master’s thesis on “Assessment of patient safety culture among risk managers within a university hospital in Austria”. Her project deals with the highly topical issue of patient safety using the example of the Innsbruck University Hospital.

Sonja Carbon achieved an excellent second place in the Health Care category. In her thesis on “The well-being of women during menstruation and the role of health and education systems in low-middle-income countries” she looks at Bangladesh, Bhutan, and India to compare the health and education situation in low-income countries.

The award winners are graduates of the MCI Master’s in International Health & Social Management program. They all completed their studies with highest distinction last year.

Professor Siegfried Walch, head of the Department of Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management at MCI, is delighted by the great success: “The renewed distinction of our graduates in the context of the Health Research Awards is a testimony not only to the extraordinary commitment of our students and graduates, but also to the practical relevance and currency of our program. This enables our graduates to develop solutions to the most pressing problems of our time.”

The MCI Master’s in International Health & Social Management program is held entirely in English and belongs to the most renowned European study programs in this field. The course is offered in cooperation with high-ranking universities such as the University of Economics, Prague, the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University of Bologna, and others. It provides students with an ideal basis for national and international careers in social and health management as well as NGOs.

The Health Research Award is awarded in the categories of “E-Health”, “Management in Health Care”, “Health Promotion”, and “Health Care” by the Austrian Economic Chambers platform for health economy. The award was established to honor the best theses written within the framework of Austrian study programs in health economy. Submitted papers are evaluated using the double-blind method. The best candidates then undergo a rigorous oral examination.