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Health Sciences (transferminor) Semester 2

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).

3rd Quartile (Taught in English)

Organization Theory (201700037) 5 EC

After successfully finishing this course, the student will be able to name and describe different perspectives on organization (e.g. modernist, neo-modernist, post-modernist), as well as different concepts and theories that have been developed from these perspectives.


The course begins with a general introduction in the meaning of the concept of organization and the existence of fundamental uncertainties/disagreements surrounding this concept. This implies that a variety of perspectives can be applied when studying, analyzing, designing and developing organizations.

After this introduction several perspectives and their theories on organization are presented and discussed.

The series of lectures ends with a discussion about the continuities and tensions that can be witnessed between the perspectives that have developed over time, but that also coexist in the world of organization of today.

Research Methodology and Descriptive Statistics (201300063) 5EC

This course introduces the basic principles of empirical research in the social sciences. The role of research in the context of the empirical cycle (i.e. testing theories) and research in the context of problem solving and design will be discussed. Students will learn to formulate clear and answerable empirical research questions. They will also learn to select from various correlational and experimental research designs and different data collection methods to answer these research questions. During the course, students will develop a first understanding of the concepts of validity and reliability, and will comprehend factors that may undermine (measurement/internal/external) validity of research. Finally, they will get a basic understanding of descriptive and inferential data analysis.

More specifically, after completion of this course students will be able to:

· formulate a clear empirical research questions, with clear units of analysis, variables and with a well-defined descriptive and/or explanatory aim;

· formulate of a well-phrased and testable causal hypothesis;

· identify and comprehend the implications of a causal statement (correlation, time order and the absence of a third variable);

· select an appropriate research design, and have knowledge about the factors that may undermine validity

· associated with the various designs;

· develop measurement instruments and to assess their reliability and validity;

· sample data from a larger population, are aware of possible biases introduced in the selection process and

· are aware of the idea of statistical inference based on sampled data;

· describe data, using an appropriate statistical program, in frequency tables, bar charts, histograms and box plots;

· describe the relationship between variables, using bivariate tables and scatterplots;

· draw conclusions and report about the results of a basic data analysis.

Moreover the student will be able to apply these different perspectives in describing and analyzing a simple case and to reflect on tensions resulting from such an analysis.

Economic Analysis and Evaluation in Healthcare (201800481) 5EC

This module will consist of the following subjects/taught parts which contribute to the module project:

A. HealthCare Economics and Financing

The taught section HealthCare Economics and Financing of the module introduces students to the principles and core concepts of economics applied to the healthcare sector. By recognizing the importance of scarcity and incentives, this course will focus on the critical economic issues in producing, financing and delivering healthcare. In particular, the course will analyze the determinants of demand for healthcare, the role of physicians in guiding and shaping the allocation of resources in medical care markets; and how healthcare resources are generated, pooled and used to purchase services.

 B. Economic Evaluation in HealthCare

The course Economic Evaluation in HealthCare provides an understanding of the basic principles of health economic evaluation (in particular cost-effectiveness analysis) in the context of welfare economics. It will help the student understand the various approaches to economic evaluation together with their strengths and weaknesses. An in-depth assessment is made of available methods (cost-minimization, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost-benefit) and the development of skills such as performing a critical appraisal of published economic evaluations, designing an economic evaluation study, and developing a (simple) health economic model.

At the end of the module, students should be able to:


· Explain how and why health and healthcare are like and unlike other economic goods or commodities;

· Describe the role of supply and demand in a market economy in general and the nature of medical care markets, specifically;

· Explain the major aspects of health insurance and its role in healthcare;

· Understand and apply methods for handling of uncertainty in an economic evaluation;

· Understand the nature and relevance of modeling in health economic evaluation;

· Understand the concepts and goals underlying early Health Technology Assessment;


· Define the mechanisms in the provision of healthcare especially health financing;

· Connect economic concepts to real-life/actual phenomena;

· Perform a systematic review of the literature;

· Perform a critical appraisal of an economic evaluation;

· Design an economic evaluation study consisting of a well-defined research question, a comprehensive description of the competing alternatives, the perspective and time horizon, including a costing study and an effectiveness study for the competing alternatives defining all relevant costs and health effects;

· Design and perform an economic evaluation by integrating the analyses above into a cost-effectiveness ratio dealing with uncertainty and interpreting the results in terms of health care decision making;


· Ease into studying material regularly and consistently;

· Further increased independence (in particular in supporting elements of health economic evaluations);

· Further increased critical attitude (in particular when assessing design and outcomes of reported health economic evaluations).

4th Quartile (Taught in Dutch)

Operational Excellence in Healthcare (201800417) 15 EC

1. en zorgproces te analyseren gericht op (1) kwaliteit & veiligheid (2)  de rol van technologie (ICT) (3) effectiviteit en (4) personeelsmanagement

2. Een verbetering op één van de deelgebieden te ontwerpen voor een specifiek zorgproces

3. Een implementatieplan te schrijven voor de verbetering.

4. Mondeling een boodschap gestructureerd en begrijpend over te brengen die zowel inhoudelijk als qua opzet, vorm en presentatiestijl aangepast is op de beoogde doelgroep.

5. Een beargumenteerde discussie aan te gaan over vak gerelateerde onderwerpen en zijn/haar eigen standpunt verdedigen n.a.v. vragen van het publiek.

6. De Algemeen Bedrijfskundige Probleemaanpak toe te  passen op een knelpunt binnen het zorgproces.


In any case you need have to completed 120 EC’s from your current related bachelor’s studies before starting this transfer minor. You need to provide a recent grade overview signed by the institute you currently studying at. Without this information your application will not be processed.

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. All Master's courses at the University of Twente are taught in English. 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 successfully 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).

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

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


201700037 (5 EC): Exam

201300063 (5 EC): 2 exams (average grade leads to final grade)

201800481 (5 EC): Exam & Project work

201800417 (15 EC): Exams & Project work


201700037: McAuley, J., J. Duberley, P. Johnson (2014). Organization Theory: Challenges and Perspectives. Pearson Education ltd.

201300063: The Practice of Social Research van Earl Babbie (14th edition). ISBN 9781305104945. There is a cheaper edition (about €62) available for student who buy the book through the study association.

201800481: Drummond MF, et al. Methods for the economic evaluation of health care programmes, 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2015. (ISBN 9780199665877)

201800417: Quantitative Methods for Health Care Management - Techniques and Applications van Yasar A. Ozcan and Managing Information Systems: Strategy and Organisation, Boddy, Boonstra and Kennedy.


  • This full time transferminor of 30 EC's covers 1 semester.
  • Each Quartile lasts 10 weeks.