Who are we?
Human Study e.V. is a German based non-profit organisation with more than 10 years of experience in delivering prosthetic & orthotic (P&O) education by means of a specific blended learning methodology. Our goal is to create educational opportunities in prosthetics and orthotics in regions and countries where formal and internationally recognized education in this professional area does not exist.
Our blended learning methodology effectively combines the e-learning practices with on-site hands-on clinical workshop seminars, allowing the participants to study and at the same time stay productive in their workshop facilities, treating patients and keeping a regular income.
The educational programs that we offer are internationally recognized Category II and Category I / Bachelor Degree level programs, accredited by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO).
The delivery of our comprehensive Cat II level educational programs has been a positive experience and presents a steady progress in the development of customized and innovative blended education since 2007. Owing to the expertise we have thus acquired, we set about to develop an opportunity of offering the blended learning education in P&O on a higher academic level. The aim of this development has been to create generations of teachers and trainers within the profession, to provide more sustainable solutions to the shortage of qualified personnel in the world.
The product of this development is our Blended Learning Cat II to Cat I Upgrade Program in P&O, leading to Bachelor Degree, which we have implemented in collaboration with the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. This program has seen the first generation of students successfully graduate and acquire the Bachelor degree and the ISPO Category I accreditation in December 2016.
In the light of a successful pilot program, we have expanded the availability of this level of education, resulting in programs where practitioners from Afghanistan, Malawi, Togo, Tunisia and Spain are enrolled and the intake of students for our upcoming program in the East African Region is currently taking place.
Our educational programs on Cat II and Bachelor/Cat I levels are especially aimed at the countries and regions where quality of services provided is poor or neglected and/or not in compliance with the recommendations of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Meet the Human Study e.V. Team
Vision / Mission
Provision of prosthetic and orthotic medical care is defined by the UN as one of the fundamental human rights within the right to adequate medical treatment. Nevertheless, all relevant studies indicate the dramatic absence of trained P&O professionals providing standardized quality of service recommended by the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).The demand is immense – for approximately 30 million people in need of prosthetic and orthotic services in developing countries, an estimated number of required educated professionals is 150,000. Currently, in the developing world (with a population of 6 billion), only 24 schools offer P&O education at various levels and standards, training less than 400 practitioners per year, while more than 75% of developing countries have no access to training programs or educational facilities at all.
Human Study e.V.’s mission is to provide contemporary educational opportunities in the areas of physical rehabilitation and the specific task of formally educating and certifying prosthetic and orthotic professionals. HS offers a quality solution for the alarming situation in the P&O field.
Human Study educational programs:
- are available to P&O practitioners anywhere in the world
do not depend on national education policy or significant investments in learning facilities and institutions
are flexible, adjustable and low-cost with a practitioner-friendly approach
have tremendous potential for multiplication
- create a sustainable base of P&O education in developing countries worldwide by educating future teachers who are able to advance education in their region.