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Implementation: putting PHM into action


Admission requirements

Successful completion of Governance and Alternative Payment Models is advised.

If you are not enrolled in the MSc programme Population Health Management but you consider taking this course as an elective, please contact our study advisor.


This course will combine all the learning objectives from the previous 9 modules. The main aim is to develop an implementation plan, based on the tools and knowledge acquired during the year. Throughout the four weeks, the course will use live lectures, small group work, discussions and innovative engagement tools to demonstrate to students the challenge and difficulties of implementation and change management in practice. It will give important input for year 2 and further practice, and will also cover the topics which may not have been centre stage up until now, including an outcomes framework, workforce and community engagement, as well as leadership and management. Students will be expected to engage with stakeholders and relevant communities, build on their own experience in project case 2 and present their implementation plans to an interested audience in a way that convinces them of the necessary changes suggested. Live online lectures on real life cases will complement the background material available for independent study. As such, it will come as close as possible to a real life situation.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student:

  • can understand and apply the essentials of implementation theories for a PHM approach (from theory to practice).

  • can analyze elements of a successful and failed implementation in various regions or populations around the world.

  • can synthesize all elements of the practical guide and create their own implementation plan.

  • can create their own outcomes framework for the implementation process.

The final aim of the course is for students to experience the challenges of co-designing a realistic PHM implementation plan together with key stakeholders and communities, and convincing the payers to invest in it.


All course and group schedules are published on MyTimeTable.

The exam dates have been determined by the Education Board and are published in MyTimeTable.
It will be announced in MyTimeTable and/or Brightspace when and how the post-exam feedback will be organized.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • Research

  • Online education

  • Group work

Assessment method

Students are assessed according to the following three obligatory components:

Week 1-3 – Online: Completion of weekly assignments (20%, no required minimum grade)

Week 4 – On Campus: Group presentation (30%, no required minimum grade)

Final assignment (50%, required minimum grade: 6,0).

All components combined make up the grade for the course. It is compulsory to participate in each of the components in order to receive a grade.
Details on the assessment can be found in the assessment plan on Brightspace.

A final grade of 6,0 minimum is considered sufficient. If the result is less than 6,0 or if the student did not participate in one of the components, the student is given the opportunity to retake the assessment as one assignment that covers all the learning goals of the course.

Final grades between 5,0 and 6,0 will be rounded:

  • 5,0-5,4 → 5,0

  • 5,5-6,0 → 6,0

Reading list

The reading list can be found on Brightspace. The material consists of presentations and pdf files. There is no need to purchase literature, as the presented material is not commercialized.


Registration must be completed via MyStudyMap. Registration in MyStudyMap gives you automatic access to the course in Brightspace. For more information, please visit the Leiden University website for students.


Dr. Viktoria Stein -


This course is a combination of online education and on campus education at the Leiden University Health Campus in The Hague.