Patient-centred communication based on motivational interviewing, Short Course | University of Tartu | Tartu, Estonia
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Patient-centred communication based on motivational interviewing

14 days
800 EUR/full
800 EUR/full
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This summer course focuses on the vital role of effective communication in fields like medicine, psychology, and social work. It emphasises patient-centred communication in healthcare, enhancing collaboration and improving patient outcomes. The course equips learners with evidence-based knowledge and practical skills to enhance their communication abilities in various situations.


On-site in Tartu 28 July - 11 August 2024

Communication is an important component in all areas of life, especially where you have to work with people such as medicine, psychology, social work, etc. Communication is also an important component in collegial relationships, including skills that help reduce tensions and conflicts.

Patient-centered communication is an approach to healthcare communication that prioritizes the needs and preferences of the patient. It involves actively engaging patients in their healthcare by fostering a collaborative and respectful relationship between healthcare providers and patients. This approach recognizes the importance of the patient's perspective, values, and autonomy in the decision-making process. Adopting patient-centered communication practices has been associated with improved patient satisfaction, adherence to treatment plans, and health outcomes. It helps build trust between patients and healthcare providers, fostering a positive and supportive healthcare environment.

The objective of the course is to enable learners to acquire evidence-based basic knowledge of person/patient-centered communication and counseling and create conditions for their application in standard situations and get an idea of ​​how to develop their communication skills further.

Programme Structure

After passing the subject, the student:

  • recognizes situations where the basic skills and techniques of person/patient-centered communication, including counseling, can be used;
  • knows how to use person/patient-centered communication and motivation skills when conducting basic consultations and counseling clients/patients.
  • applies evidence-based communication techniques in given situational tasks when conducting consultation and working in a team;
  • understands the impact of attitudes and values on the quality of communication, the occurrence of treatment errors and conflicts both at the individual and team level and applies conflict resolution techniques on a case-by-case basis.


Bachelor's, master's, PhD


  • Inga Karton, PhD (Psychology), Lecturer in Communication Psychology in the University of Tartu, Psychologist, MI Trainer
  • Tatjana Meister, Family Physician, PhD Student of the University of Tartu, MI Trainer
  • Marta Velgan, Family Physician, PhD Student of the University of Tartu, MI Trainer
  • Laura Kaljurand, Resident of Family Medicine, MI Trainer

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 14 days

Start dates & application deadlines






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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application form
  • Application fee of 25 EUR
  • Motivation letter (up to 1 page) that demonstrates the applicant’s motivation to participate, his/her expectations about the programme, how participation in the summer programme relates to his/her studies and interests, and how the applicant plans to use the gained experience and knowledge in the future.
  • Transcript of academic records
  • Copy of passport

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    800 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 800 EUR for the full programme during 14 days.
  • EU/EEA

    800 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 800 EUR for the full programme during 14 days.

Living costs for Tartu

300 - 600 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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3. DAAD scholarship 

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