Erasmus Mundus - European Master’s programme EU-HEM (Health, Economics and Management)

March 01, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
Innsbruck, Bologna, Rotterdam, Oslo


Chasing excellence in health economics and management, the joint European Master’s programme EU-HEM is taught in the fields’ top four European universities. Based on international research we equip students to take on national health challenges world wide.


Employment in the health and social service sector is experiencing rapid growth throughout Europe. Across the EU, around 10% of all jobs are to be found in the health sector. The main reasons for this growth are demographic developments and increasing quality demands being placed on the various fields of activity. This is bringing about an extension of the range of services offered and an increased demand for these services. New technologies and healthcare models require appropriate qualifications on the part of employees. An increasing financial pressure on the European healthcare systems, healthcare service providers will force hiring specialists who can optimise processes in order to ensure greater efficiency.

Interdisciplinary and internationalisation are becoming central to healthcare in the 21st century. For healthcare managers, policy analysts and academic researchers, knowledge of multiple relevant disciplines and an international view and network are keys to understanding and solving the problems that healthcare systems and healthcare services are facing.

A significant number of programs across the world, at university level, have been developed focusing on selected aspects on the health sector. Some better then others. To attract the best students the programme does not “only” need to be in top academic division, but also have an interdisciplinary and international focus.

Cooperation between universities in different countries offering a joint programme within health economics and management where they take advantage of each others strength have a great chance on offering a topnotch programme with an interdisciplinary and international focus. Development of joint master’s degrees is also strongly endorsed by the EU as a step in the Bologna process.

To meet these challenges Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), the Netherlands, Department for Non-profit, Social- & Healthcare Management at the Management Centre Innsbruck (MCI), Austria, School of Economics of the University of Bologna (UniBo), Italy, and Department of Health Management and Health Economics at the Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo (UiO), Norway, has developed a joint master’s degree in Health Economics and Management. This partnership will warrant that the students of the programme acquire a substantial insight into interdisciplinary content as well as the ability to stand their ground in an international setting and move sure-footedly in different cultural environments.

Programme Structure

Eu-HEM is a full-time two-year programme. The programme offers both a multidisciplinary approach as well as the opportunity to specialise within your field of interest. Learning activities are organised in four semesters, for 120 credits in total. From 2021 onwards, we will be offering an updated programme.


  • The first semester is aimed at acquiring fundamentals of Economics, Management, Statistics and Econometrics. These courses are complemented by an introduction to Ethics and electives on Political Sciences and Law. The first semester courses are offered at the University of Bologna.
  • The second and third semesters are devoted to the development of advanced and specialised skills on current issues in the healthcare sector. Eu-HEM students choose one out of four specialisation tracks. Each specialization track is taught by two of the partner universities in cooperation, and students spend one semester at each university delivering the track.
  • The fourth semester is dedicated to the master thesis. Students will write a scientific master thesis on a topic related to one of the subjects covered within the specialisation of their choice. The objective of the thesis is to show that the student is able to perform scientific research individually and to report and discuss the study and its conclusions in a clear way. Suggestions for a master thesis topic can be made by the student, a lecturer or an external party from the public or private sector.

Note: Courses offered within the specialisations are subject to change and accreditation procedures. Please refer to the relevant local university website or local coordinator for the latest updates

Learning outcomes

During the Eu-HEM programme, students will develop competences and expertise in the fields of health economics, healthcare management, health policy, and health law and regulation. Students will also acquire skills in essential analytical methods.

Eu-HEM prepares students for roles as staff and executive positions in organisations, institutions and companies related to the global healthcare market. A key to the fulfilment of a steady job in this sector is awareness of the societal relevance of healthcare and the constraints imposed by social rules, regulations and the law.

The following overall intended learning outcomes are defined for the Eu-HEM programme as a whole:

  • Students can apply the relevant methodological and analytical skills to share scientific and technical knowledge with health policy and healthcare organisations.
  • Students can apply the advanced and practical skills in the field of health economics and management in health policy, businesses and healthcare organisations.
  • Students can develop an interdisciplinary understanding of challenges in healthcare policy and management.
  • Students fulfil the academic and methodological requirements for a PhD programme in the field of health economics and management.

Prospective students

Our courses assume a certain level of prior knowledge. Given the variety in backgrounds of our students, some students may require some preparatory online material to refresh their knowledge in areas such as statistics. This will be made available online for Eu-HEM students once necessary.


In the 2nd and 3rd semesters, you (Eu-HEM students) choose one of four specialisations. The number of places per specialization track might be limited due to local capacity constraints. Each specialisation is devoted to the development of advanced and specialised skills on current issues in the healthcare sector and is taught in cooperation by two of the partner universities. More information about each specialisation is outlined when clicking on the specialisation.


Upon successful completion of the Eu-HEM programme, you will be awarded with the following European Joint Degree and Joint Diploma: “European Master in Health Economics and Management”, recognised by all four universities. The names of the national degrees differ but will be described in the Joint Diploma Supplement.


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Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Admission to the European Master in Health Economics and Management requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor’s degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor’s degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • A minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from your bachelor degree.
  • An English language requirement documented by an internationally recognised English language proficiency test. Please note that the English test result should be submitted before the application deadline, it is not possible to submit it at a later date.


Deadline: March 01, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

Participation costs

In order to be enrolled to the European Master in Health Economics and Management, admitted students are to pay participation costs (not profit based) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The participation costs are stated below.

  • Programme country students
    • Students with a nationality of EU member countries plus former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey are considered Programme country students and pay €1,084 for the academic year 2021-2022. This participation fee also applies to students from Switzerland (not a Programme country, but part of the European Economic Area).
  • Partner country students
    • Students who are not nationals of Programme countries pay €4,916 for the academic year
  • The deadline for paying the participation costs is the 1st of August 2022.

Please take note:

  • Participation costs may change slightly due to inflation.
  • Norwegian students applying for student loan at the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund are recommended to apply for education outside the Nordic region.


Erasmus+ Mobility Grant

The Erasmus Programme is a European Union student exchange programme established in 1987. The Erasmus+ programme offers grants for mobilities in the framework of study programmes, which help to cover travel and subsistence costs incurred in connection with a study period abroad. Eu-HEM students can apply for an Erasmus+ mobility grant for one and sometimes two semesters.

Note that there are no scholarships to be awarded in the academic years 2021-2022.

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