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Health Sciences (Transferminor) Semester 1

A health scientist of the University of Twente has a focus on making the healthcare more effective and efficient, by looking at processes and systems on the level of the patient and caretaker, healthcare organization and on the level of the health care system. The processes and systems are analyzed, (re)designed, implemented and evaluated. The health scientist possesses the ability to define the value of technology within the healthcare from a multi-disciplinary perspective and is capable of advising relevant stakeholders.


This transfer minor dominantly aims at preparing you for the master of science (MSc) degree programme Health Sciences. (See also Entry requirements below).

Health Economics & Accounting (taught in English):

Given the greying population of the Netherlands and other advanced economies and the particular needs of the elderly – ranging from health care and social services, and the implications of such in the provision of appropriate and cost-effective services, stakeholders – covering local governments, health insurers, health care providers etc. need to come up with and think of innovative “products”. In consideration of these, and given the goal of in Health Sciences of harnessing health improvers, the Module Health Economics and Accounting will provide students with theoretical training in the economics of health and health care, economic evaluation and accounting together with soft skills in program development and marketing.

After this you will be able to:

  1. describe the role of supply and demand in a market economy and the peculiarities of supply and demand in markets for health care;
  2. depict the financing and funding of health care both at the macro and meso-levels;
  3. explain the concept of economic efficiency and understand its significance in the allocation of resources;
  4. compare and contrast the various forms of economic evaluation in health care;
  5. measure the financial position and performance of a health care organization, and be able to analyze and interpret financial statements;
  6. distinguish (and apply) different cost allocation methods and determine service/product costs, and understand their effects on the balance sheet and profit-and-loss statement;
  7. explain processes related to planning, control and budgeting, and interpret differences between plan and actual;
  8. discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various techniques for dealing with risk in investment appraisal;
  9. apply different approaches to prepare decision making; and,
  10. contribute to the development and preparation of a business case in health care.

Clinical Scientific Research (taught in Dutch):

In this module the student obtains scientific research skills which are needed to answer questions in the area of healthcare and clinical practice. The student learns to translate problems from daily practice into a medical scientific research question. Epidemiological concepts and the specific methods and techniques to apply evidence-based research are the core of this module. Pitfalls and possible solutions are addressed. The student obtains insight into univariate (i.e. comparing two groups, regression analysis) and multivariate statistical analyses (i.e. multiple linear regression, logistic regression and analyses of survival (Cox regression)). By critical reading of medical scientific articles the application of research methods and statistical analyses becomes clear. In this module the student develops essential ethical and juridical skills to design and criticize a research protocol. The student learns to apply all concepts by designing a research proposal.

After this you will be able to:

1. design a study to answer a scientific research question, using specific instruments to gather data and perform appropriate data-analyses, taking ethical and juridical aspects into account

2. recognize, criticize and interpret results of different research methods such as a trial (experiment), cross-sectional, cohort and case-control studies.

3. apply multivariate statistical analytical techniques (multiple linear regression, Cox regression, logistic regression) and translate the results to answer a scientific research question

4. recognize different methods to operationalize health and choose an appropriate outcome measure for a specific research question

5. design a questionnaire

6. summarize recent developments in the area of diagnostics and treatment, including biomarkers and imaging techniques, personalized medicine, and the role of the patient in managing diseases in the field of  neurology, oncology, psychiatry and cardiology

7. obtain insight into national and international jurisdiction for clinical scientific research with humans and into ethical considerations and critically reflect on opportunities and limitations of scientific, technological and social developments

8.  take into account the ethical and (inter-) national juridical regulations when designing a clinical scientific study

Aanvullende informatie

N.B. The learning agreement signed by the student and his Examination Board and the other necessary documents (see Entry requirements)must have reached the UT-contactperson before the enrollment ends.


Good to know that this minor aims to attract students from universities of applied sciences (HBO) who have the adequate motivation and capacities to complete an English-taught degree programme on university level.

In order to be admitted to this minor you need to have completed 120 EC’s of the first two years from your current related bachelor’s program. You are required to provide a recent grade overview signed by the institute of your current study.

You are expected to be competent in English at a level that is at least on a par with the skill set of a pre-university secondary school ('vwo') student in the Netherlands. English-language books are also used in many courses. Please note that we do not provide language testing prior to admission; this is really your own responsibility.

If you have not succesfully completed your maths coursework at a level on a par with Maths A or B at Dutch vwo level, we advise you to take a math (refresher) course. You can choose from several organisations offering these courses for mathematics remediation, such as the James Boswell Institute in Utrecht, or the NHA (online course).

If you are a Saxion student, you can take a refresher course offered there. For more information, please check Saxion's website (in Dutch).

In order to determine whether your current studies is sufficiently related to health science, please check:  and check the HS programme’s website.


For those whose current bachelor’s studies involves a non-related programme, admission is determined on an individual basis by the HS Admission Board.


Courses of the minor (with EC’s and preferably quartile mentioned)

Health Economics & Accounting  HEA   15  201400079

Project: Cost-effective care for the elderly                                  Presentation
Health care economics and financing                                          Exam
Economic evaluation in health care                                             Exam
Financial and management accounting                                       Exam

Clinical Scientific Research   CSR    15       201500128

Project: Clinical Scientific Research Proposal                                    Presentation
Clinical Epidemiology                                                                         Exam
Diagnoses and Treatment of Diseases                                              Exam
Ethics and legal regulations regarding research with humans           Exam
Medical Statistics                                                                               Exam


Health Economics & Accounting (English):

  • Santerre RE, Neun SP. Health Economics: Theories, Insights and Industry Studies, 6th edition. South-Western, Cengage Learning, 2013. (ISBN 978-1-133-58436-0)

  • Phelps CE. Health Economics, 5th edition. Pearson, 2012. (ISBN: 9780133114386)

  • McLaney, E., Atrill, 2016 P. Accounting and Finance: An introduction, 8th edition. Pearson.(ISBN 978-1-292-08829-7 (print), ISBN 978-1-292-08890-7 (PDF), ISBN 978-1-292-08830-3

  • Drummond MF, et al. Methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2005. (ISBN-10: 0198529457

    Clinical Scientific Research (Dutch):

  • Epidemiologisch onderzoek. Opzet en interpretatie; Prof Dr L.M. Bouter, Dr Ir M.C.J.M. van Dongen, Prof Dr Ir G.A. Zielhuis; vijfde druk of hoger; ISBN 90-313-4262-9 / ISBN 978-90-313-4262-4

  • Inleiding in de toegepaste biostatistiek. J.W.R. Twisk; tweede druk of hoger, ISBN10 9035231597 /ISBN13 9789035231597

  • Overig studiemateriaal wordt ter beschikking gesteld via Blackboard


The full time version of this 30 EC's transferminor takes 1 semester.