R & D Priorities
Our interdisciplinary research groups and studies in health care involve resources from several institutions. For this purpose, we have developed relations with higher educational institutions, medical and research institutions as well as health care companies and associations. It is possible to initiate and conduct various research projects on different topics. Research groups are ready to carry out research necessary for the study and resolution of practical issues facing commercial organisations.
- The study process
- Evidence-based development of the profession
The topics and plans of research are discussed once a year within a development interview conducted by the head of study department where the working time of a teacher are planned for RDC activities.
Applied research is aimed at the development of professions and the study process on the basis of evidence-based research in national and international cooperation with various interest groups. Research enables the teaching staff to integrate evidence based research with daily practice and use research results in teaching. The students participating in research studies acquire research and collaboration experience. The research results are implemented in professional development and public health promotion, they are publicised and/or presented. The conduct of applied research supports internationalisation and professional development of the teaching staff that is necessary for the launch of Master’s programmes.
In the field of research, it is essential for the college to have a wide range of collaboration partners in society as well as among the representative of employers. The college responds flexibly to the research needs of society and the labour market and plans its research studies in collaboration with enterprises, public sector institutions and organisations of the third sector.
- Collaboration with the Police and Rescue Board: health behaviour and health indicators of professional rescuers (2016-2018; principal investigator Ülle Parm) followed by a study Health related aspects in police work (principal investigator Anna-Liisa Tamm). Discussions with the employers and the graduates (2017) highlighted a wider need for focussing on psychosocial risk factors.
- Collaboration with the Road Administration on the topic of security equipment: initiated by a student final thesis, a research study on security equipment for children was conducted in collaboration with the road administration. Several final theses have been defended, conference presentations made and articles published within this study. The student continued to investigate this topic within the master’s studies in the Institute of Technology of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. At present this graduate is conducting training courses at the open college available to everybody interested in the topic; the relevant elective subject is offered to all learners of the college as well as specifically to the learners on the curriculum of childminder.