Social Management and Social Determinants of Health

  • European Master in Health Economics and Management
Course unit code
  • IHCM2MUL2602
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 2
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Hollander Nancy
  • Mag. Müller Monika, MSc, PhD
  • Guibert Isabelle, MA MA
  • Dr. Sorensen Kristine
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • Students understand the main concepts of economic, social, and cultural capital;

    Students understand the interplay of social production, interpretation, and social context of language and discourse;

    Students understand the interplay of waiting times with social and cultural contexts of patients;
Mode of delivery
  • blended learning
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • According to publications of the World Health Organization "social determinants of health (SDH) are the conditions, in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life." Therefore social & welfare systems are closely linked to a society's health out-comes and social management is one of the core competences for future graduates. This course provides an insight into the close re-lationship of social & health systems and it provides students technical tools for the managing services of public interest in a wider sense.

    Please be aware that this course requires high level of proficiency in English language. All local students have passed an English language test with at least 90 TOEFL points (internet based) or comparable tests.
Recommended or required reading
  • Azzopardi-Muscat, N., Clemens, T., Stoner, D. & Brand, H., 2015, EU Country Specific Recommendations for health systems in the European Semester process: Trends, discourse and predictors, Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 119(3), pp. 375-83.

    Kifmann M, Wagner C. Implications of the EU Patients' Rights Directive in Cross-Border Healthcare on the German Sickness Funds System. In: Levaggi R, Montefiori M (Eds.), Health Care Provision and Patient Mobility - Health Integration in the European Union. Series: Developments in Health Economics and Public Policy, Vol. 12. 1. Aufl. Heidelberg: Springer 2014, S. 49-66.

    The Nuffield Trust (2011). The Techniker Krankenkasse experience: lessons for commissioners from a successful German statutory health insurer. PDF download at:

    Wagner C, Verheyen F. Demographische Aspekte der Grenzüberschreitungen/Aspects of Planned EU Cross-border Care/ Aspects du recours ciblé à des prestations médicales dans d'autres Etats membres de l'Union européenne. In: Hennion S, Kaufmann O (Eds.), Unionsbürgerschaft und Patientenfreizügigkeit / Citoyenneté Européenne et Libre / Circulation des Patients EU Citizenship and Free Movement of Patients. 1. Aufl. Heidelberg: Springer 2014.

    Wagner C, et al. TK EU Cross-Border Care Surveys 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. PDF download at:

    Greer, S.L., Fahy, N., Elliott, H.A., Wismar, M., Jarman, H. & Palm, W., 2014, Everything you always wanted to know about European Union Health Policies but were afraid to ask, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Brussels

    Wismar, M., Palm, W., Figueras, J., Ernst, K. & van Ginneken, E. Cross-border health care in the European Union. Mapping and analyzing practices and policies, Observatory Studies Series, No. 22. (2011). Particularly Chapter 5 "Quality and Safety", p. 121 -158.

    Smith, M., Puczkò, L., Health, tourism and Hospitality. Spas, wellness and medical travel, especially pp. 443-467
    For other readings see Prof. Alceste Santuari's coursebook
    Frans J.L. Pennings, European Social Security Law, September, 2010, Intersentia; ISBN 978-9-05095-729-8

    Legido-Quigley H et al. (2007). Patient mobility in the European Union. BMJ, 34:188-190.
    Palm W, Glinos IA (2010). Enabling patient mobility in the European
    Union: between free movement and coordination, In: Mossialos E et al., eds. Health systems governance in Europe: the role of EU law and policy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 509-560.

    - Dietrich, Wolfgang: A Call for Trans-Rational Peaces (2006). PDF on Sakai!
    - WHO: World report on Violence and Health - Chapter 8 (2002). Please read BOX 8.2 p.230-231. PDF on Sakai!
    - Sears, Melanie: Humanizing Health Care: Creating Cultures of Compassion with Nonviolent Communication - Preface (2010). PDF on Sakai!
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures, discussions and individual and group work.

    - Interactive and communicative teaching
    - Input presentations
    - Open discussions
    - Individual and team work
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English