Health Care Management

Improving management of health care organizations

Health Care Management

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.

Skills for Employment Market

If you complete the minor Health Care Management, you will be able to analyse economic consequences of health policies and health care interventions. The minor will enable you to participate in developing new health policies and in managing health care organizations. The minor enhances you career opportunities in national health policy agencies, health consultancy organizations, hospitals and care institutions.

Health Economics
Health economics deals with how health care markets work, and focuses on the economic behavior of health care consumers (patients), health care providers (care professionals), health insurance companies and government agencies. A good understanding of how health care markets work is essential for anyone who aspires to contribute to health care policies at governmental level, in advisory firms, hospitals, care institutions or health insurance companies.

Economic Assessment of Health Care 
In the first part of this course, you are introduced into the economics of health and health care. In the second part of this course, the Dutch health care system is discussed. Special attention will be given to the way health care objectives like care quality, cost containment, accessibility of care are pursued. Also the role and position of the different institutions in the Dutch health care system will be explained.

Economics of the Dutch Health Care System
In this course, different techniques are introduced for the assessment of economic effects of health care policies and medical technologies. Economic effects are evaluated by measuring health care costs and assessing the expected additional health benefits.

Financial Management of Health Care Organizations
This course focuses on financial management of care and cure organizations. We look at financial management techniques that support planning decisions on the short and longer term, and that can be used to control the operations within the organization. 

Health Care Management
Health care organizations are continuously changing because of new technological developments and increasing social complexities. This course teaches you how they can effectively improve the development and functioning of health care organizations.

For more specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.

The minor is open to all university students in the third bachelor year. There are no special requirements. 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 is also accessible for international students. The minor is taught in English.


VU student: you can register for the courses of the minor via VUnet from 20 July.
Other students: you can register as a secondary course student (bijvak) via More information about this procedure can be found on this website in Dutch or in English.

health care management

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact:

Prof.dr. Tom Groot |

Samenvatting Health Care Management




1 semester (30 EC)


1 september


Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Gezondheid en Beweging


School of Business and Economics