Management in Health Organisation


Course Objective

To get acquainted with important theories on organisational structures
and to acquire knowledge on organisational structures in health
To acquire insight in different management practices
To obtain insight in motivation methods and conflict management and
specific problems in health organisations
To acquire insight into strategic management in health organisations
To gain insight in and to practice leadership
To improve communication skills
To practice team management

Course Content

Organisations in the health science sector are changing rapidly, partly
due to newly emerging technologies and increasing societal complexity. A
growing number of students with a degree in health sciences become
managers/professionals in health organisations. During this course
students learn how to be effective performers both individually and in
teams within health organisations. This requires understanding the macro
aspects of organisational behaviour, which of necessity involves
managerial skills and ways of strategic thinking. Several speakers
conduct lecturers on different aspects, such as motivation, managing
behaviour between people, leadership, communication in health
organisations. The speakers will explain theories from literature and
relate the theories to the experiences from practice. Next to the
theoretical part, the students learn practical and interpersonal
associated with management success, e.g. how to engage in group-based
planning. In addition, the students become a project manager of a
project team of Bachelor students who have been given the assignment to
write an advisory report. While being a project manager you are trained
and coached. With the other students you discuss your experiences and
the coach helps you relate the experiences to theory.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (approximately 20 hours), response lecture (2 hours) self-study
(approximately 58 hours), training workshops (approximately 12 hours),
project assignment and personal learning plan (approximately 76 hours).

Method of Assessment

Written exam (50%) and assessment of the functioning as a project
manager (50%). Grades of both components must be sufficient.


Burns, Lawton, Elizabeth Bradley, and Bryan Weiner. Shortell and
Kaluzny's Healthcare Management: Organization Design and Behavior,
International Edition. Cengage Learning, 2011.

Target Audience

Optional course for Master students in the specialisation in 'Policy and
Organisation in Health Care' in Health Sciences and other
specialisations in Health Sciences

Additional Information

Attendance is compulsory. Preferably students have attended the BSc
course 'Beleid en Management'. For additional information, please

Explanation Canvas

In the third and fourth weeks (Calendar weeks 4 and 5), students
enrolled in this course have mandatory activities during the afternoon
(Monday to Friday, 13h30-17h15), when they will coach BSc students of
the course Biomedische wetenschappen en maatschappij (AB_1011).

General Information

Course Code AM_470822
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. E. Muniz Pereira Urias
Examiner dr. E. Muniz Pereira Urias
Teaching Staff prof. dr. M.B.M. Zweekhorst

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
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