Consortium Information

The consortium consists of four Indonesian universities Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Gadjah Mada, University of Hasanuddin and Padjadjaran University and four European partners; University College London, Autonomous University of Barcelona, University Medical Center Utrecht and Elevate Health.

The Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine Unit (CEEBM) at the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (UI) as a research center was established in 2010 as a joint collaboration between Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia (FMUI) and Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital (CMH), Jakarta, Indonesia. FMUI is one of the best medical faculties in Indonesia, and integrated with its teaching hospital Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, the only top referral hospital in Indonesia.

The main goal of CEEBM is to be a center of excellence for all health care professionals by bringing research closer to the health services to achieve a better quality and more effective patients’ care in the hospitals. CEEBM activities are mainly focused on conducting clinical epidemiology researches; holding workshops for medical and academic staff on clinical epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, and its application i.e. health technology assessment, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines; conducting research methodology and EBM modules for undergraduate (bachelor) and medical specialist teaching programs; providing evidence-based recommendations for hospitals by conducting health technology assessment and assisting clinicians on developing the hospital-based clinical practice guidelines using a systematic review approach.

Universitas Gadjah Mada School of Medicine is one of the oldest medical schools in Indonesia, established on March 5, 1946, which has grown and developed rapidly over the years. Faculty of Medicine UGM has positioned itself to become a leading university in Indonesia, Asia and in the world. In 2012 it is ranked 21st in Asia for life science and medicine by the QS World University Rankings.
Located in a campus with tropical climate, nice atmosphere in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and provided with various facilities that support education, research and community service, Faculty of Medicine UGM has 3 undergraduate programs, 6 master level programs, 20 specialist education programs, and 1 doctoral program.

Faculty of Medicine UGM has several research centers including the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics Unit, Center for Tropical Medicine, Center for Health Policy and Management, Center for Health and Human Nutrition, Center for Reproductive Health, Center for Herbal Medicine, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Health Promotion and Behaviour, and Center for Health Financing Policy and Health Insurance Management System.

Faculty of Medicine UGM has been selected to host an international postgraduate training scheme for masters and PhD level students, providing full scholarship to up to 50 Master and 5 PhD students in the next four years (2015-2019). The grants are available to students from low- and middle-income countries of WHO South East Asia and West Pacific regions. The training will be focused on implementation research, which supports the identification of health system bottlenecks and approaches to address them.
TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, has provided the award. TDR is hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where it is co-sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and WHO.

University of Hasanuddin (Unhas) is the biggest university in East-Indonesia. The vision is to become the centre of excellence for Indonesian maritime-based development of humanity, sciences, technology, arts, and cultures. Unhas was placed the fourth national ranked for research development by publishing 1,041 international scopus-indexed publications in 2016.
Faculty of Medicine University of Hasanuddin (FMUH) is one of the oldest faculties in Indonesia, established on January 27th, 1956. FMUH has collaborated with the largest general hospital in Makassar, Wahidin Sudirohusodo hospital (RSWS) and the currently developing university hospital to provide high standard services with a wide range of specialists.
The faculty of Medicine consists of 10 pre-clinical departments located in the university building, and 15 clinical departments located within hospital. The FMUH staff is actively involved in basic and clinical research through international collaboration. Most of the young lecturers are currently pursuing their PhD program at excellent and high-rank universities in the world.
In 2010 Hasanuddin University built the first University hospital in Indonesia. This is the first teaching hospital run by the University itself. The Hasanuddin University Hospital (RSP Unhas) strives to become the front-runner and an international-standard center of education, research, and health care in Indonesia.

The Faculty of Medicine at Padjadjaran University, Bandung, is an established public medical school in Indonesia, founded in 1957. In conjunction with Dr Hasan Sadikin General Hospital, the largest referral hospital for the West Java Province, the school offers a degree in general medicine (taught as 4-year undergraduate curriculum, plus an additional 2-year clinical rotation – as it is practiced in Indonesia) and as well as medical specialty programmes. In addition, the school also offers Master’s degrees in biomedical sciences, public health, epidemiology, and midwifery, as well as a doctorate degree in biomedical sciences.

Public health and epidemiology courses are provided both in undergraduate and graduate programmes. In the undergraduate programmes, public health course is given every semester as a 1-2 credit-hour lectures, whereas epidemiology and biostatistics courses are given in the fourth year of the undergraduate programme. At graduate level, in addition to introductory courses to clinical and epidemiology research methods taught in every graduate program, the school has just opened its graduate program in Epidemiology in 2015. Currently this program has 14 enrolled students and offers majors in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, epidemiology of chronic diseases, spatial epidemiology, and biostatistics. All students are required to write a research thesis, including a minor thesis for students in the undergraduate medical program, which are all required to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The school has sixteen research centres, including centres that are doing epidemiological studies such as the centres in clinical infectious diseases, tuberculosis and HIV, health system, genetic and immunology, health technology, and the centre for community wellness. Clinical research studies are supported by five advance biomedical laboratories, namely laboratories for microbiology and parasitology, molecular genetics, pharmacokinetics, cell biology, and immunology. Three of the laboratories are ISO certified, whereas the other two will be certified within the next year.

University College London is one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary universities, ranked in the top 20 worldwide in international league tables and the top UK university for research strength. It has a mission to address research challenges of global significance – including global health – and to deliver education to an international audience. Forty-three percent of UCL students come from outside the UK.

The UCL Institute of Health Informatics was created in 2014 bringing three existing departments together to create a new home for research using large volumes of patient data. Our interdisciplinary staff bridge fields including data science, bioinformatics, epidemiology, psychology and computer science, carrying out world-class research and providing students with the tools they need to in the rapidly evolving field of health informatics.

Our existing postgraduate modular data science programmes deliver training and capacity building to the largest cohort in the UK. Ten Master-level programmes provide a core of disciplinary expertise. UCL has both a Medical School and a School of Pharmacy; the UK’s largest cohort of NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows and Clinical Lecturers and delivers a wide range of doctoral training programmes (a large MRC-funded programme aligned with clinical data science. A dedicated ‘vertical module’ in the MBBS course covers health informatics for all 322 students, and Computer Science undergraduate and advanced MSc projects now regularly address healthcare, with an ongoing collaboration with NHS Digital’s Code4Health. Initiatives planned for the next year include an intercalated BSc in Big Data for Health, and a new MSc in Data Analytics,. The Farr London CPD programme attracted 133 people in 2016.

Our ethos is that teaching is integrated with research. All staff are expected to engage in both activities and all students should be both trained in research and given the opportunity to participate in research. In addition to conventional degree and CPD courses we are committed to individually-tailored courses and supporting unconventional career paths. In clinical data science, examples of the former include our successful ‘mini-MD’ clinical immersion courses that deliver intensive exposure of non-clinicians to all elements of a patient pathway.

The Research Institute of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (IR-HSCSP), affiliated as a University Research Institute to the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), was created in 1992 as a non-profit private scientific foundation that has as its mission to improve the health and quality of life of the population through the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge, the training of researchers to an international standard, innovation in health and the incorporation of medical advances in clinical practice and in healthcare policies.

The main role of the IR-HSCSP is to serve the needs of the scientific community in general and in particular that of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (the Hospital). The Hospital is a university tertiary hospital with 136 day hospital points, 644 beds and 21 surgical rooms. The centre plays a prominent role in Spain and is internationally renowned.

The Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health of the Hospital provides support to and manages different hospital activities focused on health care quality assurance, screening programs, and services research. Most of its members are professors at the School of Medicine and at the School of Nursing of the UAB where they coordinate and teach several pre and postgraduate disciplines and courses on Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health. In addition, they are the academic mentors of an important number of PhD students. This department is also the headquarter of the Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, that has de responsibility of promoting and coordinating the Cochrane Activities across Spain, Portugal and the Latin American countries (except Brazil).

The University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) is one of the largest of the eight academic centers in the Netherlands. Patient care and (bio)medical research are closely linked, which creates an environment where scientific advancements quickly move from bench to bedside. The Faculty of Medicine of Utrecht University is an integrated part of the UMC Utrecht. UMC Utrecht students and staff make use of the Erasmus Charter of Utrecht University (Erasmus University Charter (EUC): 28972-IC-1-2007-1-NL-ERASMUS-EUCX-1. Erasmus ID Code: NL UTRECHT01). UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University are partners in 221 European projects (and coordinator of 127 projects). The projects range from European Research Council (ERC) (42), collaborative research projects (167), Marie Curie, IFs and ITNs (101); Capacities and other (36).

UMCU finds itself in the middle of a vibrant biomedical research and entrepreneurial community: Utrecht Life Sciences ( This represents a strategic alliance in education, research and entrepreneurship in the Life Sciences & Health (LSH) domain in the Utrecht area, located in the very heart of the Netherlands. Education of student entrepreneurs is an important part of this ecosystem. The LSH ecosystem in Utrecht is represented by Utrecht Science Park (

The Julius Center is one of eleven divisions of the UMCU. Its mission is to contribute to the scientific knowledge base of medical practice by initiating and conducting high quality, applied and methodological research in the domains of health sciences and primary care. Moreover, it provides high quality education covering the area from bachelor to post-graduate teaching programs in clinical epidemiology. The education of the Julius Center includes both face-to-face and online teaching. The Julius Center hosts the Dutch Cochrane Center.

Elevate Health facilitates e-learning in the medical sector, offering academic courses as well as tailor-made e-learning services. Elevate provides a virtual learning environment that is focused on sharing knowledge through online learning. Elevate aims to provide better access to education in health care worldwide, with the goal to enable more people to access good quality medical care. Elevate is founded by Utrecht University and UMCU and launched the first SPOC (Small Private Online Course) in 2012. Over the years Elevate has built up extensive experience in the development and teaching of online education. The team of academic instructional designers has developed courses for several high quality international institutes such as the University of California and University of Toronto. The virtual learning environment of Elevate Health has been tailored to the needs of professionals in the Life Sciences & Health sector. Elevate offers more than 80 online courses, including a complete Master of Sciences degree in epidemiology. It has its own channels to recruit participants and tools to organize the enrolment process and the student administration. Elevate is a corporate social enterprise with 14 employees. Profits will be partly invested in the Elevate Global Health Trust, a charity of offering grants and funding for research in Global Health.