Technology for Health

According to the World Health Organization, the technology at the service of health deals with the application of knowledge and skills for the development of tools, procedures and systems aimed at solving health problems and improving the quality of life; “Health Technologies” represent indispensable solutions at the basis of an effective and efficient process of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. 

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Type of programme

PhD Programme

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Research field

PhD - Engineering

Competitive application

Type of admission

Competitive application

Via Branze, 38 - Brescia

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Via Branze, 38 - Brescia

Department of Information Engineering

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Department of Information Engineering

Educational goals

The rapid evolution of the technologies made available by the consumer market often does not allow their timely use in the world of healthcare and well-being; on the other hand, it is necessary to guarantee a continuous availability of enabling technologies and innovative approaches also in the sector of diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Consistently, the “Technology for Health” Doctorate (T4H) offers an interdisciplinary program that combines various fields of engineering and medicine, such as bioinformatics, physics, chemistry, life sciences, biotechnology, ICT technologies, clinical and experimental sciences , molecular medicine, public health, biomechanics and materials science. Within the program, the student is therefore led to focus his/her activity on a specific research field with a strong translational connotation, also enhancing the training path and the moments of cultural exchange organized by the T4H Doctorate, involving the student community, so as to guarantee the interdisciplinary imprint. Interdisciplinarity is also combined with a strong international character, both at the level of the Academic Board and at the level of the reference student community itself; within the Program, the student is therefore pushed to compare and projected into a scenario of high scientific content. The T4H Program is divided into three years within which various training and research activities are planned, defined at a national and international level; the student is also supported in dissemination, through participation in conference and publicity activities. In order to guarantee internationalization, the T4H Doctorate encourages the student to carry out research activities even outside the Brescia university community, also supporting their participation in funded projects and contact with realities of various nature, from the clinical to the industrial one. Finally, the vision of the research training path with its characteristics of high-level cultural in-depth analysis, promotion of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge is widely supported by the composition of the Academic Board which embraces disciplinary sectors of Area 09 of industrial engineering and information, Area 03 of chemical sciences, Area 06 of medical sciences and Area 05 of biological sciences.

The doctorate is equipped with a system of constant updating and development of training and research activities which follows both the technical and scientific evolution of the reference areas and also consultations with identified stakeholders (both internal and external) such as students of master's degree courses as potential future doctoral students and local companies as future scenarios for the development of the third level professional figure that is intended to be trained within the doctorate.

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The main objective of the T4H Doctorate is to train experts capable of designing, experimenting, validating and adopting new technologies and methodologies aimed at preventing and solving problems related to human health and well-being. The student must therefore be able not only to understand and use innovative technologies/methodologies aimed at diagnosis, treatment and care purposes, but also to know how to combine them with the aim of managing complex systems (e.g., environment, ecosystems, nutrition, etc.) which may have a direct or indirect impact on human health and well-being. The student, through appropriate training and research activities, is therefore encouraged to develop a practical and theoretical understanding of the role that enabling technologies/methodologies can play in the clinic, in health support and in the prevention of health risks of different origins. Through possible periods of study abroad, the student also has the opportunity to expand their skills in an international context and acquire further transversal skills (i.e., soft skills) that allow them to work in interdisciplinary groups, with possible leadership roles. Great attention is given to interdisciplinary activity and planning, also through participation in basic and industrial research projects, with moments of feasibility studies and experimental developments. At the end of the three-year period, the T4H student will therefore be highly qualified to carry out research and innovation activities, in an academic, clinical or industrial field. In order to facilitate the inclusion of the student in important roles on the international scene, moments of dissemination of the activity carried out by the student are planned, in the academic, clinical and industrial fields, at a national and international level.

The training courses of the T4H Doctorate are aimed at developing the knowledge, skills and competences required in the research sector and in highly interdisciplinary professional fields, which integrate typical aspects of medical and engineering sciences. In particular, the doctor, the biologist and the biotechnologist are led to autonomously develop new protocols or new experimental methodologies by integrating traditionally high-tech engineering solutions; the engineer is in turn driven to acquire greater knowledge of clinical trials in order to enrich his own design ability - understanding the problems relating to the specific application area - and developing new technological and methodological solutions. According to the US Bureau of Labor (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/fastest-growing.htm), among the emerging jobs with the highest employment growth are several those focused on health and well-being, testifying to the new opportunities that will be offered to T4H PhDs. The opportunities for specialists with technical skills in the medical-health field are continually growing, given the increase in awareness aimed at protecting personal health and the environment. In the area where the T4H Doctorate is based, there are, in particular, various healthcare and industrial entities with specific interests in digital innovation applied to the field of health and well-being, which have shown interest in high-profile professional figures with interdisciplinary skills and strong address the management of international relations in the field of research.

Academic Secretariat

Department of Information Engineering
Via Branze, 38
25123 Brescia

U.O.C. Dottorati

Via S. Faustino 74/b
25122 Brescia
email: dottorati@unibs.it

Last updated on: 06/07/2024