Jefferson Italy Center

The Jefferson Italy Center is the culmination of decades of collaborations between Jefferson and Italy, providing a formal centralized system to identify, organize, coordinate and promote strategic partnerships between Jefferson and Italian institutions that maximize our collective impact on individual and population health. The Jefferson Italy Center is also a catalyst for a new era in academic medicine, boosting partnerships with Italian colleges and universities, and opening doors to new possibilities such as joint research, clinical trials and grant applications for European funding agencies. Based within the cradle of the Renaissance, Italy also offers a delightful richness of art and architecture, making the Jefferson Italy Center an unparalleled destination for study away academic experiences in architecture, design and fashion.

Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, MSPH (he/him)
Center Director

Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, MSPH (he/him)

Director, Jefferson Italy Center
Professor & Director, Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research Program
Director, Health Economics and Outcomes Research Fellowship Program
Jefferson College of Population Health

Director, Health Services Research
Asano-Gonnella Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care
Sidney Kimmel Medical College


  • Launch of the World’s First International Sequential MD Degree

    In 2018, an agreement was signed with the prestigious Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Gemelli University Hospital to offer students the first international sequential MD degree, recognized in both the U.S. and in Europe.
  • Exploring Global Sustainability, Technology and Entrepreneurship in the MS in International Fashion Design Management program

    Working in partnership with the Jefferson Rome Center, MS in International Fashion Design Management students explore fashion design through the lens of industry importance and learn about how it drives economic and social transformation. With an emphasis on global fashion, students study international fashion regions alongside influential industry leaders. Industry engagements and partnerships with top brands create exclusive networking connections, and help students develop a clear understanding of generating and developing a wide variety of ideas that uphold a professional standard.
  • Erasmus+ for Higher Education program

    Apply by March 15 for Erasmus+ grant funding that supports student mobility for training and education, and staff mobility for training and teaching, between Jefferson and Università Cattolica in two disciplines: Vascular Medicine and Population Health.


We are honored to collaborate with these world-recognized academic partners: 

  • Universitá Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Gemelli University Hospital
  • Universitá di Bologna and Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute in Bologna
  • Politecnico di Milano
  • University of Arkansas Rome Center


Thomas Jefferson University and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome were awarded Erasmus KA 107 grants supporting student and staff international mobility in the areas of Precision Medicine and Vascular Medicine, as well as Neuroscience.