Specialisations

In the 2nd and 3rd semesters, you (Eu-HEM students) choose one of four specialisations. Each specialisation is devoted to the development of advanced and specialised skills on current issues in the healthcare sector and is taught in cooperation by two of the partner universities. More information about each specialisation is outlined when clicking on the specialisation.

 

Track/Specialisation 2nd semester 3rd semester
Economics & Policy Oslo Bologna
Economic Evaluation Rotterdam Oslo
Management of Healthcare Institutions Oslo Innsbruck
Population Health Management Innsbruck Rotterdam

Note: Courses offered within the specialisations are subject to change and accreditation procedures! Please refer to the relevant local university website or local coordinator for the latest updates.

 

Economics & Policy

The Economics & Policy track aims to train Health Policy Analysts educated in Economics and Quantitative Methods. The main educational goal is to enable students to produce and critically assess empirical evidence informing the design, implementation and evaluation of alternative courses of action, both at a micro or macro level, in public and private realms. Economics, the science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between desired ends and scarce means which have alternative uses, helps in structuring answers to questions like:

  • Shall we reimburse doctors with fee-for-service or should we salary them?
  • Are individuals able to make informed and rational choices regarding their health?
  • How to endure health services with good quality?
  • How to spur research & development of a Covid vaccine and make it available for all?
  • Should we concentrate hospital production into a few, big hospitals or should we decentralize it to preserve patients’ accessibility?
  • Should healthcare insurance be funded by taxation?

Economics helps to structure answers to real-world questions like these. Once equipped with structured answers a Policy Analyst can resort to measurement and empiricism to test and possibly find support to one out of several alternative explanations. By combining Economics and Quantitative Methods, students will be able to provide fundamental insights to inform rational decision making and policy development both in public, and in private realms. The Economics & Policy track is a partnership between the University of Oslo (2nd semester) and the University of Bologna (3rd semester). This track lets students pursue high quality academic education in these two history-rich European cities with thriving healthcare sectors.

 

Economic Evaluation

Technological advances, increasing wealth and population ageing have contributed to increasing demand for healthcare worldwide. Governments and healthcare organizations however have limited resources to meet these demands and therefore need to decide how to spend their budget in an optimal way. The broad and diverse impacts of health problems on patients and society pose clear challenges for the evaluation of the costs and benefits of alternative intervention strategies to address these health problems. Yet, such information is of crucial importance for medical and policy decision-makers when deciding about optimal treatment and the funding of new interventions. This raises questions like:

  • How much should society be willing to spend to provide a new pharmaceutical that gives ten percent of the patients two more months to live?
  • Should costs due absence from work be included in the cost estimates?
  • What is an acceptable threshold for the costs per quality adjusted life year (QALY) for a very expensive orphan drug?
  • How can a modelling approach support decision in health care?
  • What is the impact of EU pharmaceutical legislation on the accessibility of drugs?
  • What are the key concepts of pharmaceutical pricing and market access?

To make decisions about new pharmaceuticals and other medical innovations, it is necessary to evaluate their costs and benefits in a systematic manner. The specialisation in economic evaluation teaches these skills and equips students for working in the private and public sector. This involves knowledge of how to measure quality of life and costs, and to develop simulation models that allow estimation of the short- and long-term consequences of interventions as well as the uncertainty in these estimates. The Economic Evaluation track is a partnership between Erasmus University Rotterdam (2nd semester) and the University of Oslo (3rd semester). These universities excel in the fields of health economics, healthcare management and health policy. This track lets you pursue top academic education in these two trendy multicultural European cities with a high quality of living and with thriving healthcare sectors.

 

Management of Healthcare Institutions

The Management of Healthcare Institutions track aims to train leaders of healthcare institutions. The main educational goal is to prepare students for the challenges facing today’s healthcare leaders. Students learn to understand the responsibilities of managers, in particular to understand financial streams and manage care pathways effectively. Theories of leadership, management and organizations help structure answers to questions like:

  • How can we calculate long-term investments and annual budgets?
  • How can managers navigate within the frame of financial limitations and the public’s expectation in the health care services of their country?
  • How managers can address ethical dilemmas in health care and organize ethical decision-making at institutional level.
  • How can we assure that the professional and cultural diversity in health care settings are inclusively organized?
  • How do we perform economic evaluation in hospital to prove the evidence of treatments processes and pathways?
  • How to engage with real life practice partners and to manage a real-life project successfully?

Courses in management and economics will provide students with the knowledge and skills to successfully engage in a leading role in health care institutions. The Management of Healthcare Institutions track is a partnership between the University of Oslo (2nd semester) and MCI – The Entrepreneurial School in Innsbruck (3rd semester). This track lets students pursue high quality academic education in these two European cities with a high quality of living and with thriving healthcare sectors.

 

Population Health Management

The Population Health Management track aims to train students for a managerial role in public health by providing them a solid background in decision-making, innovation management and governance. The main educational goal is to enable students to design and implement evidence-based population health interventions. Combining Management, Economics and Governance our students will be able to identify population health needs, to design evidence-based population health interventions and to implement those in a multi stakeholder environment. This track provides students with knowledge about appropriate financial and care models to improve the process of clinical health outcomes through improved care coordination and patient engagement. How can we deal with issues like: How can we provide evidence of population health interventions?

  • How can an intervention address both, the individual and collective responsibility for health?
  • How can digitalization support the implementation of population health interventions?
  • How can population health managers work “upstream” to address the social, environmental, and economical determinants of health proactively?
  • How can we assure that population health interventions are aligned to different cultures contexts and do serve the special needs of different societal groups?
  • What are the long- and short-term consequences (costs and effects) of new and existing health care programs?
  • How can experts and citizens effectively be involved to design solutions strengthening population health?
  • How can communities or other multiple stakeholder settings govern health promotion and health care settings?

The Population Health Management track is a partnership between MCI – The Entrepreneurial School in Innsbruck (2nd semester) and Erasmus University Rotterdam (3rd semester). This track lets you pursue high quality academic education in these two lively European cities with a high quality of urban and outdoor living and with an extensive network of national and international associated partners.