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 15 July.
Other students: you can register as a secondary course student (bijvak) via register.vu.nl. More information about this procedure can be found on this website in Dutch or in English.
1 semester (30 EC)
Economie, Recht en Bestuur
Gezondheid en Beweging
School of Business and Economics