Bachelor courses

We offer three courses for incoming exchange students in the academic year 2020 - 2021:


Course name


1Understanding Health Behaviour15 EC

Value Based Health Care

5 EC
3Rationing Health Care5 EC

Understanding Health Behaviour (September – October)

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.

Value based Health Care (November - December)

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 Health Care (November - December)

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.

Detailed course descriptions

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

Language of instruction

The language of instruction of the courses mentioned above is English.


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.