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Population Health Management Excellence programme

Information for Students

Gaining experience with a health care company, governmental agency or commercial company, follow an interdisciplinary training and work specifically on the skills that make you as a professional valuable and distinctive. This is what the two-year Population Health Management (PHM) Excellence Programme stands for.

Health care professionals face ageing populations, rising health care costs, fragmented health care supply and advancing medical technologies and IT systems. These professionals will require new competences and need to be equipped to meet these challenges in the current health care system. Our programme aims to develop trainees into proactive academic trusted partners who can respond to the challenges in daily practice but also contribute scientifically to the rapidly developing field of PHM.

What will you do as a participant of the het Excellence Programme PHM?

As a participant of this Excellence Programme you will be connected to a company/organization through matching. The company/organization gives you the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge needed for a concrete an relevant scientific project which will be executed by you.

During the first year the emphasis is on obtaining a lot of knowledge about the field and apply it on the organisation you are connected with. The education is developed by LUMC and  a combination of online and on campus education.

In the second year you choose a specialization in consultation with the organisation/company. Together with them you formulate a relevant scientific research project and execute it in approximately 6 months.

What is the result?

You are being trained to:

  • Be able to provide Interdisciplinary work. Making the connection between policy and the healthcare professional; being able to speak the language of doctors as well as of insurers and policy makers.
  • Organising data: sharing, analysis and exchange.
  • Identifying health risks in the population by means of data analysis/effects of lifestyle on health and consequences for treatment/intervention. 
  • Designing integral interventions within a facilitating governance and funding

You will become a futureproof, pro-active health care professional who can meet current and future challenges in the healthcare system to improve health within a population.


Is this really something for you? Then sign up for our program.


Students with a master (or excellent bachelor) degree in a health care related field that

  • want to become an academic trusted advisor to support health care organisations, government agencies or commercial companies in their contribution to  the development of a more integrated health care system;
  • have an open attitude towards a new paradigm for health care;
  • love an interdisciplinary approach to tackle health problems;
  • are proactive, open minded and eager to a lifelong learning experience.


1 February 2021

The programme

The programme is competence based and has the following structure:

First year: 10 courses of 4 weeks each of which 3 are online and 1 is on campus at the LUMC Campus in The Hague. Second year: in depth specialization and performing a research within the host organization.  

Curriculum Population Health Management Excellence programme

In the first semester, you start with monodisciplinary courses on governance, data analytics and behaviour. In these courses, you learn the basic knowledge of the fundamental PHM principles in order to be able to approach actual health care challenges from these perspectives later on in the programme. The PHM principles will be explained and elaborated on in the other four courses.

In the second semester, you will follow five increasingly interdisciplinary courses focusing on data analytics, governance (payment models) and behaviour (syndemics), an integrated course and an implementation course. PHM cases are provided in each course, which students analyze from the viewing point of the three basic PHM disciplines. Based on this (real life case), students are asked to define the steps that have to be taken in this specific situation.

This means you have to look at the aetiology and prognosis of COPD and the current health care delivery governance structure, analyse data on the specifics of the population and think about several effective interventions to manage the health of this population, taking behavioural aspects in different subpopulations into account. You are challenged to make several decisions in order to create efficient interventions in groups. Making these decisions is challenging, because it involves many components and interests that have to be considered. By discussing with other trainees, researching, doing field work, collaborating, and sharing experience, you apply and integrate the knowledge from the courses of the first semester.

Example case

‘In a Dutch region of 40.000 citizens, health care costs for COPD patients in the region are rising and there are doubts on whether there will be sufficient health care professionals to respond to health care demands in the near future. First, physiotherapists, dieticians, medical practitioners and specialists and social workers came together to analyze the problem. They concluded that the health care provided proved to be suboptimal and that the funding structure prevented beneficial collaboration.’

During the second year you will intensify your connection with the host organization. Together you will choose one out of four specialisations, draw a proposal for a relevant research project and  execute it in the host organization.

The third semester is used for deepening your knowledge in one of four specializations. You will be working together with the host organization:

  • Epidemiology
  • Syndemics
  • Governance
  • Data Science


During the fourth semester you independently work on a real life PHM case relevant for and formulated in consultation with the host organization.

This research will lead to a scientific solid advise including proposed interventions. The advice  approaches the issue from a governance point of view, contains data research and takes behavioural aspects into account, and integrate these factors.

Practical information

For students the annual fee is 2.000 euro, including study materials. The procedure is as follows:  )

  1. Register
  2. Checking your degree
  3. Admission to the matching day in November 2020
  4. Make a match with a host organisation
  5. 1 February 2021: start programme


More information:

Get in contact with the programme support team through our contact form.

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