Policy making, health systems and public management in health care
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMED-BMS04
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Medical Sciences; Biomedische wetenschappen;
prof. dr. P.P.T. Jeurissen
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. P.P.T. Jeurissen
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prof. dr. P.P.T. Jeurissen
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T.E.P. Remers
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Academic year2022
W06-B  (06/02/2023 to 31/08/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksThursday and Friday for 4 weeks after the start of the period. Check schedule for exact test date (in case of resits).
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registration openfrom 01/08/2022 up to and including 30/09/2022
Waiting listYes
Placement procedureDone manually by Back Office
ExplanationDone manually by Back Office
  1. Understanding the basic concepts of intervention and coordination as developed in the policy sciences in relation to the triple aim (i.e. improving the individual experience of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita costs of care for populations).
  2. Reflection on the political aspects of intervention and coordination in health policy systems and healthcare organisations
  3. Knowledge and understanding of the prospects and constraints for (successful) healthcare providers.
  4. Application of these concepts on healthcare related problems and challenges.
This course aims to introduce to students of the master in Biomedical Sciences, the concepts, theories and practicalities of the policy sciences and management sciences for analyzing processes of intervention and coordination in the healthcare arena. The course introduces key concepts from the policy sciences (policy analysis, policy intervention and implementation, decision making and coordination) and the management sciences.  

We will bridge the macro level of healthcare systems, the meso level of formal stakeholders and interest groups as well as the micro level of healthcare organizations. We illustrate the core (underlying) mechanisms that influence the developments and relations among these systems, actors and organizations. We will use real life policymaking and management cases, especially those that relate to the (fiscal) sustainability of health systems and providers. This course aims to draw lessons on the political and institutional conditions required to make successful change possible to accomplish better quality of care at acceptable costs.
Students do also get a thorough insight among the different type of healthcare systems and provider types. Main types of organizing healthcare systems (the UK, Germany, the US, and the Netherlands) will be discussed and their performance will be analyzed. We present international best-practices of health care delivery organizations and discuss how they perform and how they may or may not spread through the healthcare system. Together we develop and use a framework for analyzing healthcare organizations and their embeddedness in health systems.

Key words: Health coordination, health policy, policy evaluation, public management, health systems, implementation, health care costs containment
Instructional modes
Working group

Test weight75
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock W06-B, Block W06-B

group assignments
Test weight25
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock W06-B, Block W06-B