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Business Administration: Health

Make a difference! Add value to health and care. How can healthcare improve health outcomes and patient experiences while containing costs and guaranteeing access for all?

In the MSc Business Administration - Health, you develop the key competences to understand and make a difference in this highly relevant sector. The course offerings combine healthcare management and health economics. You are provided with options to develop a more managerial or a more economic focus. Yet, you also look beyond the managerial or economic perspective: how to take the clients', clinicians', carers', and insurers' positions into regard?

High-quality healthcare is a critical foundation for individual well-being and a well-functioning society. Healthcare systems require maintenance, improvement and innovation on all levels. Healthcare managers need to cope with societal challenges and deploy technological opportunities without disrupting ongoing care delivery. One challenge is our ageing society with its growing demand and rising expectations, while fewer hands are available to provide care and the costs need to be contained. How can we reconcile these tensions? The managerial challenges require a strategic vision and coordinated efforts within healthcare companies as well as with other players in this dynamic field. This creates a demand for multidisciplinary educated professionals with both analytic and managerial skills, and a crisp understanding of the social-economic environment.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Business Administration
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60644
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Economics and Business
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • By combining managerial and economic knowledge, you learn to analyse hard evidence and reflect on it with softer insights. You will benefit from our lively health research community that is well-connected with healthcare providers in the Northern Netherlands such as the University Medical Centre Groningen.
  • MSc BA Health Graduates contribute to the multifaceted world of healthcare and prevention.
  • The programme has been internationally accredited by the AACSB and EQUIS, ensuring a high-quality education, which only 1% of universities reach worldwide.
Programme

To fulfill the programme requirements, you need to follow:

1) Four mandatory courses (5 EC each, 20 EC in total):

  • Healthcare Operations
  • Innovation in Healthcare Organizations
  • Economic Evaluation of Healthcare
  • Research & Skills for MSc BA

2) Students have to select 2 out of 5 electives. The electives have a focus on Healthcare Management or Health Economics.

3) Students may choose additional electives.

4) You conduct a Master's thesis study that you write up and successf

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Economic Evaluation in Healthcare (5 EC)
E-Health (5 EC, optional)
Elective B MSc BA Health (10 EC)
Fin. and Econ. Org. of Healthcare Markets (5 EC, optional)
Healthcare Operations (5 EC)
Healthcare Purchasing (5 EC, optional)
Health Economics & Policy (5 EC, optional)
Innovation in Healthcare Management (5 EC)
Master's Thesis MSc BA Health (20 EC)
Population, Health and Place (5 EC, optional)
Research & Skills for MSc BA (5 EC)
Programme options
Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity to gain work experience by doing an internship in the second semester of your study.

You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the third semester.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

You have the opportunity to do a study exchange with the University of Gent, in Belgium. You will study the second semester in Gent and write your master's thesis on one of their research projects co-supervised by a lecturer from Groningen. There are two positions available for 2020-2021 students. For more information, please contact Ina Venhuizen at a.j.venhuizen rug.nl.

Entry requirements

Transfer options

Transferring from...

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
All Universities of applied sciences

Via a pre-master with a maximum of 45 EC

More information:

In the academic year 2022-2023, the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) will introduce the 30 EC and 45 EC Pre-Masters in Business Administration. Depending on the HBO degree you will obtain, you will be able to follow the 30 EC or 45 EC variant. Read more: https://www.rug.nl/feb/premaster

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
International BusinessUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Business AdministrationUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements
Econometrics and Operations ResearchUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our pre-Master programmes .

Read more about the customized entry package for students with a university-level background in movement sciences, biomedical sciences, medical sciences, or dentistry.

Registration procedure

Students with a Dutch diploma can apply directly to Studielink. More information on the  steps to apply .

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

A GMAT/GRE test is required from all candidates who obtained their bachelor's degree from a university in a non-EU/EEA country. For specific scores and exemptions, please see https://www.rug.nl/feb/gmat-gre.

language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (overall score 176, Speaking 169, Writing 176).

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration,Business Economics, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies. For more information, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/feb/apply-msc.

If you have any questions concerning admission to this programme, please contact our Admissions Office: https://www.rug.nl/admissions.

other admission requirements

Not meeting the pre-education requirements for direct entry? Please read more about our regular  pre-Master programmes .

Read more about the  customized entry package  for students with a university-level background in movement sciences, biomedical sciences, medical sciences, or dentistry.

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After you apply for the programme of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis. More information on how to apply.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
15 October 202201 February 2023
01 May 202301 September 2023
15 October 202301 February 2024
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 14816full-time
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 16201full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

Across Europe, healthcare expenditures are high and health services are still growing as an employment sector. Therefore, managerial knowledge is in high demand to organise all the disciplines and stakeholders involved and motivate them into a coordinated effort. As a graduate of MSc BA Health, you will have the academic skills crucial in analysing and intervening in the organisation of care and issuing advice about its economic environment.

Future employment opportunities may include (inter)national healthcare organisations, consultancy agencies, insurance companies, or (semi-)governmental organisations.

As a graduate, your degree will be highly valued in the labour market. The Faculty of Economics and Business is internationally accredited and belongs to the 1% of business schools around the world accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB.

FEB Career Services
When you become a student at the faculty, we want to support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills. You can count on a dedicated on-campus Career Services team offering you a wide range of courses, workshops, events and career-related support during your studies. Everything you need to enter the labour market.

Job examples

  • Management trainee in a larger healthcare organisation
  • Manager within a healthcare organisation, such as a hospital, mental health institute, nursing and care home, or primary care network
  • Consultant specialised in the health sector
  • Healthcare purchaser, e.g for a municipality or health insurer
  • Project manager for a health insurance company
  • Policy analyst or advisor within a government agency
Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is research-driven, leading to fresh insights being fed into the courses. An analytical, critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire. To develop such qualities, we work with lecturers that are active in research and discuss academic research right from the start of the degree programme.

In doing so, clear links with professional practices are made. Through case assignments, guest lectures, and other activities, students apply what they learn to practical health care management and health economics problems. As such, you engage in your development as a future professional.

In collaboration with external partners, the faculty conducts research on topical issues such as improving patient logistics; the effectiveness of organizational interventions; implementation and adoption of technological and managerial innovations; continuous quality improvement in healthcare; buyer/supplier relationships between insurance companies and healthcare providers; reducing health inequalities; economic evaluation of innovations or treatments; prevention management issues considering early life conditions and later-life health.

Much of this research is conducted in the Centre of Expertise Healthwise, providing students with numerous links to the outside world. Moreover, many of the lecturers participate in the Aletta School of Public Health, a large multidisciplinary research community.

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Contact

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  • Dr. Marjolein van Offenbeek (Programme coordinator)
    Email: m.a.g.van.offenbeek rug.nl

If you want to pursue a career in health economics, I would recommend this Master

Having a background in economics, I decided to study this programme because I wanted my efforts to have a social outcome, to impact something that really matters. This programme is a good opportunity to get in touch with the field of healthcare management and health economics. The combination of economics and health helped me to develop the skills required to work in this field. After I graduated, I started an internship in the department of Market Access and Health Economics of a pharmaceutical company. I noticed that many companies recognised the value of a student coming from the University of Groningen, I would definitely choose Groningen again. (David Cendoya Revuelta | MSc BA - Health)

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During my internship I put the theoretical aspects of my studies into practice.

After my Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Economics, I wanted to do a Master's that is more practically oriented. This was the perfect choice for me as the classes were smaller which helped with creating greater connections between the students. The programme also invites guest speakers, who give insights into real-life day-to-day challenges.

Furthermore, it was during my internship at De Friesland (health insurance company) where I put the theoretical aspects of my studies into practice. The internship has shown me that I value a company which gives room for development and learning. It also taught me that it is alright to not know everything when entering your first job. My advice to future students is to do an internship at a company which you would like to possibly work at in the future. An internship is a great opportunity to establish connections whilst also learning if the company fits your personal interests. (Iris Plat| MSc BA - Health)

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Study associations

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.