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Funding Institutions

The Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) was initiated by overall 10 institutions of higher education at seven different universities and universities of applied sciences across Switzerland.

The Department of Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Lucerne is made up of three sections: Health Sciences and Health Policy, Medicine and Rehabilitation.
The Department enables scientific research in its fields to be carried out at a high level. It conducts research-based teaching, enables learning in direct connection with science and prepares its students for lifelong learning. It also promotes and develops new and innovative teaching formats.

The Center for Law and Health at the University of Lucerne has the purpose to connect and develop research and teaching in the field of medical and health law. In particular it aims at fostering scientific cooperation across disciplines and faculty boundaries, as well as educating and promoting young academics.

The Center for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion at the University of Lucerne is specifically dedicated to research, teaching, training and the provision of services in the field of the relationship between law and religion, at the level of national constitutional orders and the international system.

Since 2002 the Public and Health Care Management unit at the University of Lugano has been conducting basic and applied research, as well as providing for the teaching at graduate and post-graduate levels, with strong focus on public administration (State and Municipal), public enterprises, health care and local social services organisations.

The Swiss Centre for International Health (SCIH) was established in 1997 and is a service department of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). The centre's objective is to strengthen health systems and improve health service delivery – with a particular focus on low and middle income countries.
SCIH is a leading provider of global health consulting and project implementation services. It leverages in-house, world class researchers in malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases and One Health, and combines state of the art knowledge with industry consulting standards. Additionally, the centre is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Technology Management and eHealth. As such, it provides policy guidance and contributes to capacity building in the fields of health informatics and appropriate health technologies.

The Winterthur Institute of Health Economics at Zurich University of Applied Sciences is a center of competence for economic and business administration issues in the field of health care. The activities of the institute are Health Technology Assessment (HTA), health economic evaluation, health service research, patient classification systems, health policy, strategy and process optimization, market analysis, and integrated care.

The Institute of Physiotherapy at Zurich University of Applied Sciences has a performance mandate in the four areas of academic teaching at bachelor and master level, research and development as well as continuing education and services. It follows the premise of a “Research and Teaching University”.
The institute mainly focuses on physiotherapeutic diagnostics and treatment as well as on physiotherapy in the context of health care. Research priorities are physical activity, supply and implementation research, analysis in the movement laboratory, new technologies as well as research and educational research. The team consists of specialists in physiotherapy, movement science and sports science, psychology and social science, who have broad experience in practice and research at home and abroad.

The Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care (DEASS) at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) has the objective of tackling the complex problems of today’s world more effectively, implementing a range of competences that vary in terms of subject area but that have historically displayed a natural tendency toward integration.
The department also aims at executing its three mandates (first- and second-level university education, continuing education and research) in order to provide specific input to the interpretation of health, economic and social policy issues in Switzerland, focusing particularly on the challenges and needs of citizens, businesses, organizations and public institutions in the territory.

The Information Management Institute at the University of Neuchâtel is active in all aspects of information management, with emphasis on information representation and knowledge extraction. The different projects are built around the model for information representation called ontology, a key aspect of the semantic web.

The Institute of Primary Care at the University of Zurich has the task of familiarizing students at the medical faculty with the work and tasks of general practitioners (GPs). In research, innovative approaches in diagnostics and therapy are investigated that aim to improve life expectancy and quality of life of patients.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention (EBPI) at the University of Zurich aims at improving or maintaining the health of the public, by tracking down the causes of illnesses and following their progression through medical data. The EBPI trains the next generation of top research scientists and healthcare professionals in conducting translational research and research projects within a coordinated network, in order to apply findings to medical and public health practice.
Through the Travel Clinic, the Division of Prevention and Health Promotion, as well as Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the EBPI aims to promote health in everyday medical practices for the people in the canton of Zurich and beyond.

The School of Medicine is an institute of the HSG with the mission of organizing the Joint Medical Master of the HSG and the University of Zurich in St.Gallen.
In addition to its mission, the School of Medicine is also a research institute of the University of St.Gallen. In the future, at least three chairs will be located here, the first of which (Management in Healthcare) is already staffed.

The University Centre for General Medicine and Public Health in Lausanne, known as Unisanté, has 880 employees active in research, academic training, prevention and care. Innovative and unique in Switzerland, it favours interdisciplinarity and the union of competences committed to health issues.

The Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH is an application-oriented university. In addition to teaching, its core competencies include continuing education, research and development, and services.
The Department of Health Professions at the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH conducts applied and practice-oriented research for appropriate healthcare and effective treatments.

Policy Briefs & Stakeholder Dialogues

Each partner institution of the Swiss Learning Health System (SLHS) is working on a specific topic that will lead to policy briefs and stakeholder dialogues.

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