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What will I learn?

Do health policies intrigue you, and are you fascinated by the EU? Are you interested in why European health guidelines work in one country but not another? Then Governance and Leadership European Public Health might just be the programme for you. This unique programme provides you with the background and skills to analyse public health systems throughout Europe. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to prepare, support and monitor high-level decision-making processes in European institutions, in government, and in public and private organisations. The programme will equip you with all the training you need to pursue as a health policy maker, but careers in research will also be open to you.

The master’s programme Governance and Leadership in European Public Health will train you to become a health professional with a well-defined outlook. After you have completed the programme, you'll be able to conduct independent research and formulate effective and appropriate health policies by putting forward arguments and supporting data from a comparative, often cross-border point of view.

The key topics in this programme are:

  • the situations, determinants, interventions and practices relevant to the health of populations, of particular groups within populations, and between European member states
  • the diversity of practices and ways of organising health and healthcare delivery systems both within and between European member states
  • the demand of European institutions for modern, scientifically educated professionals with the analytical tools and innovative research instruments to help them formulate and implement effective health policies at the national, international, and supranational level
  • organisational development for the delivery of effective and appropriate healthcare

Your future

Governance and Leadership in European Public Health graduates can be found all over the world: at the European Commission, in Thailand’s national health ministry, an Australian NGO organising congresses, an insurance agency in Dusseldorf, etc.

Career paths

Common Governance and Leadership in European Public Health career paths include:

Policy making

As policy makers, Governance and Leadership in European Public Health graduates help formulate, implement and assess health policies for local, national and international governments. But they sometimes also work there as researchers or health inspectors.


At insurance companies, Governance and Leadership in European Public Health graduates can be found in positions where they are responsible for providing advice on health policies or for managing relations between their employers and other healthcare providers.

National and international NGOs

Some graduates end up working at national and international non-governmental organisations. They work on things such as creating equality and reducing health disparities, advancing global health or providing access to health education.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,800.00 (13,72,549) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

You may be directly admissible to the master’s programme European Public Health if you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a university programme in a relevant domain. Relevant university domains are: Biology; Biomedical Sciences; Biomedical Technology; Business Economics; Business and Management; Clinical Technology; Dentistry; Economics; European Law; European Public Health; European Studies; Health and Life; Health and Society; Health Economics; Health Sciences; International Business; Nutrition and Health; Medicine; Molecular Life Sciences; Movement Sciences; Nursing Sciences; Nutrition and Health; Pharmacy; Psychology; Public Administration; Sociology.

IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5

TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 90

Cambridge: CAE, grade C

TOEFL score of 575 in paper-based and 233 in computer-based.


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