Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC)


Founded in 1921 by Agostino Gemelli, the UCSC is today the largest private university in Italy and the largest Catholic university in Europe, with more than 41,000 students are currently enrolled at the five campuses located in Milan, Brescia, Piacenza-Cremona, Campobasso and Rome.

The University and in particular the School of Medicine in Rome has independent facilities both inside the “Biological Institute” and in the “Clinical Institute” that are logistically located in the teaching hospital premises. The main structure consist of the main hospital building (the “Polyclinic”) and other buildings including the “Biological Institutes”, the “Protected Health Residence”, the combined “Institute of Infectious Diseases” and “Centre for the Medicine of Aging”, as well as several laboratories.

The Section of Hygiene is organised in Units, each one offering an environment for training through specific research projects: Genetic Epidemiology and Personalized Medicine, Health Policy research, HTA, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Bioethics.

Among the 45 European Projects managed in the field of health, several Research and Innovation projects require a strong commitment of the Public Health Institute:
ERAWEB I and II: EU Erasmus-Mundus – Western Balcans (FP7).
Personalized pREvention of Chronic DIseases consortium (PRECeDI)
INHANCE: International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology Consortium (NIH grant).
PerMed: Personalized Medicine 2020 and beyond – Preparing Europe for leading the global way (CSA, FP7).
PHGEN I and II: European Network of Public Health Genomics (DG Sanco, FP6 and FP7).
Health Service Research in Europe (FP7)
ProHealth65+ Health promotion and prevention of risk – actions for seniors (Health Programme (2008-2013).


Elena Azzolini (MD)

Dr. Elena Azzolini is a medical doctor (110/110 cum laude) with a postgraduate specialisation in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine (50/50 cum laude). At present she’s working as public health specialist at the Epidemiological Office at Humanitas Research Hospital in Milan. She is an external expert of the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health of the European Commission for the Agenda on quality of health care with a special emphasis on patient safety, for disruptive Innovations in Health Care and health system reforms; she had numerous collaborations with the Italian National Institute of Health in order to support the President of the NIH during all the phases of the reorganization of the Institute; she supported the Minister of Health through the drafting of reports and texts in different areas of public health; she worked for the WFP Pilot Staff Health Risk Reduction Project, developing world countries risk cards for World Food Programme (United Nations); she worked in the field of occupational health and safety mission in emergencies, visiting herself South Sudan in 2014. She worked for UNHCR Staff Health Appraisal Survey Report, for International Monetary Fund Staff Health and Wellness Survey and Benchmarking Report, for World Bank Group Staff Health and Wellness Survey and Benchmarking report; for the Secretariat of the Italian Network for Competitiveness in Public Health; she was the Co-rapporteur of the European White Paper on Sustainable Healthcare and the Scientific Coordinator of an Italian project of Public Reporting on quality healthcare providers. She was Member of the Executive Committee of the European Network of Medical Residents in Public Health (Euronet MRPH).

Filippo Bartoccioni (MD)

Filippo Bartoccioni is medical doctor and an honorary professor in health technology assessment. He is director of the management control system and strategic planning at province level in Italy. He coordinates the European project office as well. His experience includes working with the European commission on the introduction of disruptive innovation in health care.
He also had several experience in hospital and other health care strategic planning and development. He participated in several international projects in health assessment such as Libya during the war with UK DFID and in Uzbekistan with United Nations.
He developed an interuniversity consortium (Catholic University in Rome, Ecampus university, KazNMU etc.) project for the development of e-learning and dual and double diploma.
He participated in university assessment for developing a strategic plan for autonomy of the medical university in Kazakhstan in a ministry of health project. Where he analyzed the AMU university and suggested the development project.
He has been working and teaching in several university settings from Spain to Uzbekistan and from Italy to Kazakhstan.