Programme Structure (for current Eu-HEM students)

The Eu-HEM is a full time programme over two years. The programme is three-fold offering both a multidisciplinary approach as well as the opportunity to specialise within your field of interest. Learning activities are organised according to the following plan for 120 credits in total.


  • The first semester is aimed at acquiring fundamentals of economics, management, law, policy sciences and research methods relevant to the healthcare sector. The fundamental courses are offered at each of the partner universities. All fundamental courses need to be passed (or exemption received) in order to start the specialisation.
  • Second and third semesters are devoted to the development of advanced & specialised skills on current issues in healthcare sector. Eu-HEM students need to choose one specialisation track.
  • The fourth semester is dedicated to the master thesis. Students are required to write a scientific Master thesis on a topic that is related to one of the subjects covered in the Eu-HEM programme. The objective of the thesis is to show that the student is able to perform scientific research individually and to report the study and its conclusions in a clear way. Suggestions for a master thesis topic are made by the student, a lecturer or an interested party from industry.


4th Semester Thesis Work
3rd Semester Specialisation
2nd Semester Specialisation
1st Semester Fundamental Courses
Credits 30ECTS


Learning Outcomes

At the Eu-HEM you will develop competences and expertise in the field of health economics and policy, healthcare management, health law and regulation.


Eu-HEM prepares students to staff and executive positions in organisations, institutions and companies involved in healthcare provision. A key to the fulfillment of steady job in this sector is awareness of the societal relevance of healthcare and the implied constraints imposed by social rules, regulations and the law. The programme therefore aims to develop competences and expertise in the field of health economics and policy, healthcare management, health law and regulation.

The prospective candidate will develop:

  • Ability to use disciplines and concepts required in formulating, implementing and evaluating strategic choices in healthcare
  • Knowledge of key options in the policy, planning and financing of healthcare services
  • Understanding of the diversity of international health policies
  • International and comparative views on solutions and best practices
  • Practical experience in managerial issues;
  • Long-run orientation in problem analysis and solving
  • Basic quantitative skills and the ability to apply them in a problem-solving context;
  • Communication and co-operation skills
  • Knowledge of the objectives of healthcare systems and how the choice of objective may carry over to priority setting


Prospective Students

Our courses assume a certain level of prior knowledge. Given the variety in backgrounds of our students, some of you may have a minor or major deficiency, for instance in statistics, economics or policy science. Others could benefit from refreshing their knowledge. At the moment we have three online modules available:
• Research methods
• Health Economics
• Excel
There are not ECTS credits attached to the courses. All three e-learning modules can be found in the online learning environment CANVAS of the Erasmus University Rotterdam: . After enrolling for Eu-HEM via Studielink (between Mid-May – August 1st), you will receive an ERNA-id. Use this ERNA-id (with format when prompted to provide a username. Should you have lost your ERNA-password, you can have it reset by sending a message to our IT service desk: