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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 demands and expectations 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 and quality of care.

Interdisciplinarity and internationalisation are becoming central to healthcare in the 21st century. For healthcare managers, policy analysts and academic researchers, knowledge and integration 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 academic teaching programmes across the world have been developed, focusing on selected aspects of the health sector. Some better than others. To attract the best students, a 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 in health economics and management, where they take advantage of each other’s strengths, creates the opportunity to offer a top-notch programme with an interdisciplinary and international focus. Development of joint master’s degrees is also strongly endorsed by the EU. Moreover, the Eu-HEM provides a unique possibility for participant to become part of a network of international contacts in organisations, institutions and companies involved in healthcare provision.

To meet these challenges, the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) in the Netherlands, the Department for Non-profit, Social- & Healthcare Management at the Management Centre Innsbruck (MCI) in, Austria, the School of Economics and Management of the University of Bologna (UoB) in Italy, and the Department of Health Management and Health Economics at the Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway, have developed a joint master’s degree in Health Economics and Management. This partnership warrants that students will acquire knowledge and insight into the disciplines that are relevant to 21st century analysts and managers in the health care sector as well as the ability to stand their ground in an international setting and move sure-footedly in different cultural environments.