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Organisation of the ageing society



Semester, February 2020 April 2020.

Admission requirements

Bachelor degree and admission to Master Vitality & Ageing.


The organisation of our ageing society is undergoing change and needs further innovation. Given the increasing incidence of chronic diseases and their combined occurrence, especially in older persons, it has become essential to implement more effective strategies to prevent and manage the consequences. Also, interventions to improve vitality are essential. This demands important changes in organisation of healthcare. Students will become acquainted with different models of care, such as the chronic care model, integrated care model and preventive care model. They will also learn to understand influential applications such as value based healthcare and triple aim. The Dutch healthcare system will be used as a starting point from which international differences will be described and analysed. Theory and applications will relate to , organisation of public health care, primary care and long-term care and hospital care.
In this courses students learn to critically analyse real-life problems in the public sector and public sector organisations in the current ageing society. Focus will be on financial challenges like the costs of an ageing society, governmental policy, governmental decision making and managerial issues in health care. The link between the formal care in hospitals, nursing homes and primary care and the importance of social networks to improve health, vitality and longevity will be discussed as well as the role of informal care and social support.
Innovation will be needed in all types of organisations and in governmental policy. In this course we will compare international health care policies. This will be on national level, regional level and local level. A main point of interest will be how to use networks in management, how to change organisations to implement innovations and how to involve older persons in these changes and innovation. This new way of governance has many challenging aspect, which will be studied.

Course objectives

The student:

  • is able to explain what the basic models of health care structures and models of care are and identify their differences/similarities and strengths/weaknesses •is able to explain the international differences in health and access to health care caused by differences in policy, populations and different contexts.

  • is able to recognise and describe different types of leadership strategies used to manage organisations and is able to apply these in simulated situations.

  • is able to systematically analyse opportunities and challenges in diverse national and international health care settings and write innovative policy recommendations on the basis of this analysis.

  • Is able to understand and analyze knowledge about the governance of elderly care based on existing research, reports and empirical data

  • Is able to analyze problems related to the organization of the ageing society and make decisions from a management perspective in the daily management of an institution for the care or cure of older people

Mode of instruction

Lectures, working groups, self-study, practical assignments, site visits and reality gaming.
The educational lines Communication in Science, Research and Evidence and Academic Development accommodate the programme and/or the assignments of this course.

Course Load

The total course load is: 10 ECTS x 28 hours = 280 hours

  • Interactive lectures, working groups and activities: 75 hours

  • Study of compulsory literature: 80 hours

  • Preparation lectures, working groups and activities: 50 hours

  • Writing assignment: 50 hours

  • Leadership game: 25 hours

Assessment method

  • Written exam

  • Written policy paper

  • Leadership game

  • Completion of compulsory assignments described in the assessment plan


The final grade is based on the written exam (50%) and the written policy paper (40%) and the leadership game (10%). Credits will only be given if all compulsory assessments are completed.

The written policy paper will also be assessed separately by Communication in Science. The leadership game is an integrated assessment with Academic Development.

Participation and attendance

Students are expected to be actively engaged in discussion of the content and in the activities scheduled in the programme.


If the written exam is not passed, the student will get a retake.
If another assessment or mandatory part of the course is not passed or completed, the student will get a retake or revision or has to fulfil an alternative assignment.

Exam review

How and when a review of the assessments will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the results at the latest.
More information will be published on blackboard.

Elective students

Please contact the study advisor if you want to apply for this elective. Additional information can also be requested from the study advisor. You can contact the study advisor via []

The educational lines taught in Vitality and Ageing are integrated in this course. It is mandatory to complete the components belonging to Communication in Science, Academic Development, and Research and Evidence. Elective students will be awarded 12 EC in total for this course.

Reading list

Will be published on blackboard.