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Health Sciences

Degree type
MSc
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
12 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

The Master’s in Health Sciences is an innovative programme offering two specializations: ‘Health Services and Management’ and ‘Health Technology Assessment and Innovation’.

Developments in medical technology have changed our perception of ideal healthcare. An ageing population has led to a greater incidence of conditions such as strokes and Alzheimer’s. In the long term we can expect a huge rise in the demand for care, partly because of the rapid development in medical technologies. Moreover, patients are becoming more vocal: they no longer just sit back and wait, but are now critical consumers. Insurance systems are also subject to increasingly stringent requirements and frequent amendments to legislation. All these developments have massive implications for healthcare. Which technology should be introduced and which should not? What obstacles will we meet along the way? How can we improve healthcare delivery? How can we involve patients in the decision-making process? Finding and communicating the best solutions to these problems is a real challenge. As a Health Sciences student you will learn to investigate and implement high-tech advances in healthcare and learn strategies for optimizing healthcare organization while maintaining a human touch. You will also become an expert in evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare technologies.

Health Sciences Curriculum

Clinical Efficacy & Medical Technology Assessment; Health & Health Systems; Health Services & Management: Management of Technology in Health Care; Healthcare Purchasing; Quality & Safety in Healthcare; Managing Service Organizations; Quantitative Methods for Operations/Management in Healthcare.Health Technology Assessment: Medical Decision making; Policy Analysis in Public & Technological Domain; Risk Assessment and regulation of HC Technologies; Public Health Policy; E-health & Quality of Care.

Objectives
The focus of Health Sciences is on the quality of health care in society. The programme specifically focuses on the role of public health, organization and medical technology in accomplishing a higher quality of care in society. More in particular the Master's degree programme uses both a policy and organizational perspective in dealing with the role of technology.

Instruction Modes
Lectures (including guest lectures), seminars (including presentations by teachers and students), block seminars, 1-4-day conferences with lectures and presentations, excursions, distance learning facilities to support standard teaching methods.

Health Sciences Related Programs Tracks

Health Sciences students can specialize in one of the following master tracks:

1) Health Services and Management
Health Services and Management looks at improving and optimizing the way in which care is organized at the institutional level and between different institutions.

It explores how to achieve maximum quality, effectiveness, efficiency and security within the healthcare sector. The specialization focuses on the evaluation and implementation of new care concepts. For example, how can healthcare providers work together using care innovation and IT to treat and care for people with common chronic disorders? 

A new element in this specialization is the logistics course, which focuses on operations management and optimizing healthcare processes.

2) Health Technology Assessment and Innovation
Evaluation of medical technology and technology policy are the key elements in this specialization, which focuses on the effectiveness of policy and new medical technology.

As an example, we are studying the most cost-effective way of using a revolutionary PET scan machine to screen for tumours. How will its introduction affect the organization and policy of care and communication with regard to patients and healthcare insurers? Imagine a new cytostatic drug has been developed that produces fewer side effects. Can you simply go ahead and administer this drug? Where does the responsibility for such a decision lie? What do legislation and regulations have to say about such cases? New technology has made it possible to tackle disease at the molecular level, opening the door to made-to-measure treatment and prevention. But do we really want to equip everyone with their own individual healthcare monitor? What are the medical, financial and organizational implications of such a development?

You will explore questions relating to patient empowerment and the introduction and financing of new technology in the healthcare sector.

Health Sciences Related Programs

Besides the Health Sciences MSc program, University of Twente offers a range of other Health Sciences programs such as the Master Technical Medicine

See which programs are related to the Health Sciences Master

Health Sciences Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Health Sciences will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at the University of Twente

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Health Sciences program.

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

More information about the University of Twente

Admission requirements

Academic degree

BSc in Health Sciences.

Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL internet based: 90

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