Bachelor courses


Course name


1Analysing and Changing Unhealthy Behaviour15 EC
2Value-Based Health Care5 EC
3Rationing Health Care5 EC
4Smarter Choices for Better Health (modular Minor)30 EC

People generally attach great importance to their health and would name it as one of the key aspects for a happy life. Nonetheless, many people do not adhere to a healthy lifestyle and therefore seem to behave in conflict with their own life goals. Smoking, physical inactivity, rejecting vaccination and screening or not adhering to physicians’ recommendations are popular examples. This raises the question as to how we can change behaviour and improve health and wellbeing. This is a question of concern to individuals, schools, companies and governments, and is the central question in this minor.

You will be introduced to the key concepts from behavioural and health economics, with examples related to health and healthcare. We will apply these concepts to i) understand health behaviour, both rational and non-rational, and ii) explore what this means for individuals, organisations and governments aiming to promote healthier behaviour (e.g., through nudging, boosting, incentives and regulation).

As the population ages and treatment opportunities constantly increase, controlling costs while maintaining quality is one of the major challenges in the healthcare sector. Value-based Health Care (VBHC) the ultimate aim of this minor is to make students familiar with VBHC in theory and practice. Next to learning about VBHC, its advantages and disadvantages, and the challenges ahead, from discussing the relevant literature and practical examples, students will have the opportunity to explore what VBHC means in practice, for patients, doctors and other health care providers, by doing a project assignment in a clinical department of Erasmus MC (or another hospital).

Rationing healthcare is as contentious as it is inevitable. Healthcare resources are ever growing but nonetheless remain limited and insufficient to meet all demands and needs of populations. In this minor, you will learn about the efficiency and equity aspects of rationing healthcare, and international differences in doing so. This includes topics like waiting lists, limiting the basic benefits package, solidarity, and health behaviour. Special attention will be given to links to behavioural economics and illustrations will include expensive medicines and lifestyle interventions. After this minor, students will be acquainted with different forms of rationing and priority setting, mainly from an economic perspective.

Healthcare expenditures are increasing rapidly. This modular minor uses insights from behavioural and health economics to study how these expenses can be spent more efficiently. It does so by using different perspectives: individual and organisational in the main course, and hospital, national and global perspectives on health and behaviour in the electives.

This 30 EC minor comprises of four modules: one large introductory module of 15 EC, which can also be chosen as a 15 EC minor (course code GWMINOR321), and three advanced modules of 5 EC each:  two elective courses of Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management and a research assignment (group project).

Detailed course descriptions

Detailed course descriptions including learning goals, literature and teaching staff will be available from mid July onwards via course catalogue.


Exams usually take place after the last class. Re-sits of the exams take place in July. Your contact person of the Education Service Centre will register you for the exams and re-sit (if needed).

Please find more information about examinations on our website: examinations.

Workload & EC

Each course has a workload expressed in an amount of European Credits (EC). A total of 60 credits represents the workload of a full year of study; 1 EC stands for 28 hours of study. Studying includes: attending lectures and workgroup meetings, planning, reading, preparing for the exam, writing essays, and carrying out assignments.

Please note: registering for a course during the application process is not a guarantee that you can eventually follow the course. We do our best to place you for all the courses mentioned in your application, but since there are limited spots per course it could happen occasionally that we cannot place you for all of them.

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