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Health Sciences (transferminor) Semester 2

A health scientist is aiming to increase the efficiency and/or effectiveness of healthcare by studying healthcare processes at three levels: (1) patient, (2) organization, (3) healthcare system. Results of this evaluation may be converted into customized healthcare solutions and in this way healthcare processes may be (re) designed, implemented and evaluated. What is the best way to make a diagnosis? How to optimize the healthcare process for the patient? What is the best treatment and how can new technologies contribute? These are questions that you will answer while taking this minor. Since the unique motto of the University of Twente is ‘High Tech Human Touch’ you will be able to define the value of technology within the healthcare from a multi-disciplinary perspective of 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). Please keep in mind that the third quartile is mainly focused on teaching academic skills and not specifically on Health Sciences, since this is a transfer minor. 

3rd Quartile (Taught in English)

Course 1 (5 EC): Organization Theory (201700037)

The course starts with a general introduction of the concept of organizations and the existence of 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. 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. 

Course 2 (5EC): Research Methodology and Descriptive Statistics (201300063)

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.

Course 3 (5EC): Economic Analysis and Evaluation in Healthcare (201800481)

This module will consist of two parts (1) Healthcare Economics and financing and (2) Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

A. Healthcare Economics and Financing

The course Healthcare Economics and Financing 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.

4th Quartile (Taught in Dutch)

Optimalisatie van de zorg (202000864) 15 EC

Het liefst biedt de zorgsector elke patiënt de best mogelijke zorg zonder wachttijden, tegen lage kosten of zelfs gratis. Helaas kan dat niet en moet de zorgsector compromissen sluiten. Deze module gaat over de volgende vraag: wat is optimale zorg en hoe kunnen we dit het beste organiseren? In deze module worden verschillende onderdelen theoretisch besproken: (1) kwaliteit en veiligheid, (2) operations management in de zorg, (3) zorginformatiesystemen, (4) strategisch personeelsmanagement en (5) project, practicum en stage. De theorie (1-4) geeft je inzicht in het goed organiseren van processen. In het project, practicum en stage pas je de kennis toe verkregen in de vakken.


To enter this transfer minor, you need to have completed 120 EC’s from your current bachelor program. Besides, you need to provide a recent grade overview which is signed by the institute you are currently studying at. Without this information your application cannot be processed.

We expect that you are competent in English and math at a level of student from pre-university secondary school (‘vwo’) in the Netherlands. We do not provide language or math testing prior to admission, this is your own responsibility. We advise you to take a refreshing course if you do not feel competent about your English/math level.

In order to determine whether your current study is sufficiently related to health science, please check: check the master Health Sciences website for the full program 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

202000864 (15 EC): Exams & Project work


The most up-to-date information about the courses  and the literature which will be used in the course can be found in Osiris. 


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