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What will I learn?

Do you have an interest in issues surrounding healthcare innovation? Are you interested in how we can meet healthcare demand with limited resources? Do you want to know how we can manage organisations in constantly changing healthcare systems? Then Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management could just be the programme for you. The programme focuses on the analysis of health systems and the translation of the results into innovative solutions; you’ll learn how to come up with, implement, manage, evaluate and improve innovative solutions. After you have completed your studies, you'll be an innovative professional who is able to influence the future direction of healthcare. Your broad skillset will open up many different career paths, including careers as a manager, care purchaser, a senior policy advisor, consultant or researcher.

Never has the need for innovation in healthcare been greater than today. Consumer demands and expectations are rising. Ageing and the advancement of new medical options have led to a growth in healthcare expenditures. Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management bring together both theory and practice in its focus on innovation. And it does so on all possible levels, from micro-to-macro-level, from individual organisations to national healthcare systems, from patient relations to the process of caretaking.

Across Europe, healthcare has become one of the biggest employment sectors. State involvement in healthcare features an unprecedented growth. These developments raise fundamental questions, such as:

  • how to organise and implement patient-oriented healthcare
  • how to guarantee universal access to a fair package of health services
  • how to provide high-quality healthcare while containing costs
  • how to improve the performance of healthcare systems in general and healthcare providers in particular

Key to all these issues is the need for innovation. The Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management programme will therefore give you solid insight into aspects of healthcare innovation at all levels. It will provide you with the competences needed to play a key role in initiating, governing and managing healthcare innovations and the ability to critically analyse health systems and to translate the results into innovative solutions.

The key topics of the programme are:

  • healthcare economics
  • innovation management
  • quality management
  • governance
  • patient logistics
  • managing change and implementation
  • financial management

Your future

Never has the need for innovation in healthcare been greater than today. Around 85% of our graduates find relevant jobs within one year. The international focus of the programme enables graduates to pursue careers or positions in national as well as international organisations.

Career paths


As managers, Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management graduates use their knowledge of strategy, finances, quality management and logistics to help healthcare organisations across the globe to make sound decisions about the future course of the organisation. They work on many different organisational levels and in a wide range of sectors, also including the pharmaceutical industry and companies that produce medical devices.


Many Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management graduates end up working as consultants. They work for consultancy agencies and provide clients in healthcare with expert advice on a wide range of healthcare innovation and management issues.

Policy advisor, etc.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€16,800.00 (13,57,027) 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 a BSc or an equivalent diploma in a related field to Data Science and Knowledge Engineering. Related fields are: Mathematics, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence.English language requirements: IELTS test: minimum score 6.5; TOEFL test: internet-based minimum score 90; TOEFL test: paper-based minimum score 575; 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 Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management if you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a university programme in a relevant domain. Relevant university domains are Anthropology; Biomedical Sciences; Business Administration; Business Economics; Business and Management; Communication Sciences; Dentistry; Economics; Econometrics; European Law; European Public Health; European Studies; Health and Life; Health and Society; Health Economics; Health Sciences; International Business (Administration); Management Sciences; Medicine; Movement Sciences; Nursing Sciences; Organisation Sciences; Pharmacy; Psychology; Public Administration; Sociology.

IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5

TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 90

TOEFL score of 575 in paper-based and 232 in computer-based and A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).


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