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Population Health Management (MSc)

FAQ about Population Health Management

Is your question not on this FAQ? Please contact us for a personalised answer via: master.PHM@lumc.nl.

About the programme

We have arranged online information activities for students who are considering to study PHM. Check our upcoming events

For more personalised information, get in touch with us: 

Yes, we can arrange contact with an alumnus or a student.  Just send an email to master.PHM@lumc.nl to make an appointment.

Yes! You van start the programme twice a year: in September and in February.

There is no selection and no numerus fixus. We do not have a fixed number of places. All applicants who meet the criteria will be accepted. Read more about admission and application. 

We do not offer a part-time study, but there are -depending on your situation- possibilities to combine this Master’s with a job or another education. PHM is a full-time Master’s programme with a substantial workload during the online weeks. Full-time presence during the on campus week (once every four weeks, Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00) is obligatory.

Our study advisor can advise you in this matter and help you designing a programme.

In September 2021, we started with a group of 25 students of which 25% has an international background.

The PHM programme has a strong commitment to the principles of the international classroom, in which students from different backgrounds come together, learn to work together and learn from each other. An international, diverse student population guarantees students the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, professional and life experience and world views necessary to create the required skills to navigate through and give direction to the complex and changing health care landscape.

Population Health Management trains students to become an Academic Trusted Partner and operates mainly on a strategic and tactical level. An important part of PHM is the foundation from medicine in combination with data. In comparison with, for example, the Health Care Management Master's, much attention is paid to epidemiology, statistics and data science. The focus on medicine leads to a focus on syndemics (interaction between development of the disease/sickness and social determinants).

The Master's in Health Care Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam) trains people to be managers of an intervention, department or small organisation. The focus is implementation of changes within the current system: optimising healthcare logistics. Population Health Management reasons from a value perspective, supported by data, to come to a total solution; a transition thinking to a different healthcare system instead of optimising the current system.


Read more about the admission requirements on our page. If you still have questions after reading this page, do not hesitate to contact us: master.PHM@lumc.nl.

If you are in doubt whether you are admissible, please send an e-mail to master.PHM@lumc.nl.

A medical background is a solid background for taking this Master’s, but certainly not the only one. You do need basic knowledge of pathophysiology and pathology, the organisation of health care and health policy and quantitative methods (research methodology, epidemiology and/or statistics). Tailormade bridging programmes will be made available if you meet almost all criteria. Read more about the exact admission criteria check. 

No, we do not require a minimum GPA.

More detailed information on language requirements can be found on: English language proficiency. If you think you can be exempted from the language requirement because of your preliminary education, please get in contact with Leiden University’s Admissions Office via the Student Affairs Front Office.

Depending on their background, learners from the professional field are very welcome to take one or more separate courses. More information via the study advisor.

Yes, several courses can be taken as electives. Please check the prospectus for the information per course or get in contact via master.PHM@lumc.nl.

Practical matters

You can apply for our programme via Studielink.

Read more about the tuition fees.

Our education is provided online and on campus in the city of The Hague at the Health Campus The Hague.

For personal circumstances which influence your study ability you can get in touch with our study advisor. Just send a message to StudyadvisorPHM@lumc.nl or make an appointment here.

In the second year of the Master’s, we encourage you to go abroad and we will support you by making use of our international contacts.

For all housing requests, please visit the Leiden University Housing page.

After graduation

After your graduation, you will have the opportunity to work in many organisations in strategic staff positions or as a data scientist (depending on your specialization), in health and social care organisations and insurers, policy organisations at international, national and local level and suppliers in health care to researchers in academic institutes.

It should not be too hard to find a job after graduation. The field of PHM is growing and our programme is quite unique worldwide. We expect that the international job market will offer great career opportunities for graduates.

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