About Eu-HEM

Employment in the health and social service sector is experiencing rapid growth throughout Europe. Across the EU, around 10% of all jobs are to be found in the health sector. The main reasons for this growth are demographic developments and increasing quality demands being placed on the various fields of activity. This is bringing about an extension of the range of services offered and an increased demand for these services. New technologies and healthcare models require appropriate qualifications on the part of employees. An increasing financial pressure on the European healthcare systems, healthcare service providers will force hiring specialists who can optimise processes in order to ensure greater efficiency.

Interdisciplinary and internationalisation are becoming central to healthcare in the 21st century. For healthcare managers, policy analysts and academic researchers, knowledge of multiple relevant disciplines and an international view and network are keys to understanding and solving the problems that healthcare systems and healthcare services are facing.

A significant number of programs across the world, at university level, have been developed focusing on selected aspects on the health sector. Some better then others. To attract the best students the programme does not “only” need to be in top academic division, but also have an interdisciplinary and international focus.

Cooperation between universities in different countries offering a joint programme within health economics and management where they take advantage of each others strength have a great chance on offering a topnotch programme with an interdisciplinary and international focus. Development of joint master’s degrees is also strongly endorsed by the EU as a step in the Bologna process.

To meet these challenges Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), the Netherlands, Department for Non-profit, Social- & Healthcare Management at the Management Centre Innsbruck (MCI), Austria, School of Economics of the University of Bologna (UniBo), Italy, and Department of Health Management and Health Economics at the Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway, has developed a joint master’s degree in Health Economics and Management. This partnership will warrant that the students of the programme acquire a substantial insight into interdisciplinary content as well as the ability to stand their ground in an international setting and move sure-footedly in different cultural environments.