Health care is an important and rapidly changing sector in our society. For all professionals working in this sector it is important to understand how the health care sector operates and what can be done to improve care quality, efficiency and accessibility. This minor addresses health care from an economic perspective and offers insights into management of health care organizations. It provides an introduction into the theories and methods of economics, organization, management, accounting and finance. It offers you the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about economic and managerial aspects of the cure and care sector.
School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Faculty of Earth and Life
Sciences (FALW). It is open to all bachelor students from the VU, from
other Dutch universities and from universities abroad.
This minor discusses health care policy from an economic perspective and
deals with management of health care organizations, using economic,
organization, accounting and finance theories and methods. It offers
students in economics and business sciences the opportunity to use
economic and organizational theories which enables them to gain in-depth
knowledge about the cure and care sector. The minor is also useful for
students from other faculties who have studied health care issues from
another perspective, like medicine, social sciences, life sciences and
behavioral and movement sciences. The minor may be especially helpful
for those students who consider working in policy development or
managerial positions within the health care sector. The minor relates to
two major VU themes: Human & Life Sciences en Professional Services.
The minor focuses on the following themes:
- The economic effects of health, illness, demographic developments and
- The role of government intervention in the health care market,
positive and negative economic implications of regulation.
- Structure and functioning of care and cure markets, and the way health
care supply meets health care demand.
- The role of health insurance arrangements in influencing health care
- Policy issues around health care regulation, accessibility of care,
cost control and health care quality.
- Financial management of health care organizations in their pursuit of
health care productivity, cost effectiveness and quality.
- Management of health care organizations, the role of management in
steering and controlling professionals, leadership, and communication.
The minor enables students to analyze the effectiveness of health care
policies, to analyse complex issues related to financing and controlling
health care institutions, and to improve internal management issues
within health care organizations.
The minor contains 5 compulsory courses.