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Health Focus Areas

Valuable addition to your MSc degree

Choose 30 ECs in Healthcare during or (partially) besides your MSc and open up a lot of extra career opportunities with the Health Economics or Healthcare Management Focus Areas.

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Why?

Our society is aging and increasingly relying on healthcare, while fewer hands are available to provide care and to contribute to the funding of healthcare. The combination of an aging population, new (expensive) treatments and a limited workforce leads to rising costs and puts pressure on our economy and society. In the transition towards a more sustainable healthcare system, business and (socio-) economic principles are increasingly key. As a result, new competences are needed for the sector. A focus on healthcare in your FEB master programme therefore opens up a lot of extra career opportunities!

Focus Areas

In the field of health there are two options:

  • the Health Economics Focus Area
  • the Healthcare Management Focus Area

What are the benefits?

The Health Economics courses focus on the interaction between individual health and the economic environment on the one hand and on the unique features of the healthcare market on the other hand. Moreover, the courses provide an understanding of how healthcare markets operate, and educate students on effective decision making in healthcare organisations through economic evaluations based on the costs and benefits of new treatments or interventions.

The Healthcare Management courses contribute to a basic understanding of the complexities and dynamics of the healthcare sector. They focus on topics such as understanding the governance of the collaboration between the healthcare purchaser (insurer, municipality) and the healthcare provider; how to build bridges between and within departments of health institutions in order to deliver the right care at the right place; how chain and network approaches may help in delivering integrated care; the challenges but also great opportunities associated with transforming businesses to contribute to the well-being of consumers, and how specific innovations can be aligned with organizational aspect systems, what managerial transformation it requires, and explore implementation issues involved.

On completion of the Healthcare Focus Area of your choice you will be awarded an official acknowledgement on your diploma.


Complete the Health Economics Focus Area

FEB students can complete the Health Economics Focus Area if they:

1. Choose and successfully complete two electives of the following list:

2. Successfully write and round off a MSc thesis on a health economics topic.


Complete the Healthcare Management Focus Area

FEB students can complete the Healthcare Management Focus Area if they:

1. Choose and successfully complete two electives of the following list:

2. Successfully write and round off a MSc thesis on a healthcare management topic.


How do the Health Economics courses fit in with your master's programme?

FEB master programmes containing 2 or more of the following Health Economics courses:

  • Health Economics and Policy
  • Economic Evaluation in Healthcare
  • Financial and Economic Organisation of Healthcare Markets

Programmes with at least two Health Economics courses:

  • MSc Economics
  • MSc Finance
  • Change Management
  • Organizational and Management Control
  • MSc Strategic Innovation Management
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

+ Your thesis

FEB master programmes complemented with 1 Health Economics course

‘Economics Evaluation in Healthcare’ is included in the following programme:

  • Supply Chain Management

+ You must add one other Health Economics course yourself.
+ Your thesis

FEB master programmes complemented with 2 Health Economics courses

For all other FEB MSc programmes you must add and successfully complete at least two Health Economics courses yourself.

+ Your thesis

How do the Healthcare Management courses fit in with your master's programme?

FEB master programmes containing 2 or more of the following Healthcare Management courses:

  • Healthcare Operations
  • Healthcare Purchasing
  • Innovation in Healthcare Organisations
  • Marketing and Consumer well-being

Programmes with at least two Healthcare Management courses:

  • Change Management
  • Organizational and Management Control
  • MSc Strategic Innovation Management
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • MSc Marketing (both profiles)
  • Human Resource Management
  • MSc International Business and Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • MSc Technology and Operations Management
  • Exchange programmes

+ Your thesis

FEB master programmes complemented with 2 courses

For all other FEB MSc programmes you must add and successfully complete at least two Healthcare Management courses yourself.

+ Your thesis

Questions?

Contact Healthwise (FEB Centre of Expertise): healthwise@rug.nl


Anne Bonvanie Lenferink

'The Healthcare Management courses really broadened my view'

'The courses contributing to the Healthcare Management focus area were extremely valuable to me. I was interested in optimising the healthcare sector. During my bachelor thesis project I got familiar with the organisational side of healthcare and I soon realised that this was the ideal scope for my master. Therefore, I participated in the courses on Healthcare Operations and Innovation in Healthcare Organisations and decided to do an internship at the UMCG, where I studied the possibilities to digitalise the tissue flow at the department of Pathology. During this internship the experiences and knowledge from the Healthcare Management courses were very useful, and they really broadened my view.

Due to the focus area, I got the opportunity to start a PhD at the Faculty of Economics and Business, in a project which is organised in collaboration with the UMCG. In this project the aim is to use open innovation strategies to develop a platform for employee self-management, enabling them to stay fit during their working life. I believe the Healthcare Management focus area really contributes to this type of projects and hope to see more future students specialising in this extremely interesting field of knowledge.'

Anne Bonvanie Lenferink

Laatst gewijzigd:30 oktober 2017 10:21