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Revista Habanera de Ciencias Médicas

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TAPANES FERNANDEZ, Thelma et al. Social convenience of masterships in Infectology,infectious diseases and parasitologicaldiseases at the PKI: Course 2006-2007. Rev haban cienc méd [online]. 2009, vol.8, n.4. ISSN 1729-519X.

ABSTRACT As part of the postgraduate education activities, two Master's Degree Courses are developed at the Pedro Kourí Tropical Medicine Institute: one of them on Infectology and Tropical Diseases, and the other on Parasitology. The main challenge for higher education, at the beginning of this century, is to substantially improve its quality and its social pertinence, considering that its relationship with the working world demands constant renovation and evolution of both knowledge and skills. This issue motivated us to conduct this investigation from a teaching point of view, with the aim of demonstrating how important it is that students taking this type of courses be professionals whose work is directly related to these disciplines, so that topics studies and learned become more useful, taking into consideration the update and depth levels with which these courses are offered; and that these topics allow students to carry out a better scientific and teaching performance in the future as well. This study also determines its relationship with predetermined socio-demographic variables such as age, sex, etc. It is shown, in this study, that most of the student taking the courses chose them because of the ample application the knowledge obtained at the end of the course has for the work they do. This fact shows the usefulness and repercussion the knowledge learned has on society, manifesting its social pertinence. Through this investigation, it was found out that all the students were physicians; that all the Cuban students were either specialists or resident; that ages ranged between 35 and 50; that most of the students were Cuban; and that these Master's Degree Courses were pertinent from a social viewpoint.

Keywords : Quality; Social Pertinence; Master's Degree; Infectology; Tropical Diseases; Parasitology..

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