Masters in Integrated Care Design


01/05/2017 - 01/09/2021    
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In today’s health and social care environment, professionals need to manage and deliver health services in such a way that all people have access to services that are provided in ways that responds to their preferences, are coordinated around their needs, and are safe, effective, timely, efficient and of good quality.

As the numbers of people with age-related comorbidity increases, so the growing complexity in their needs means that it has become more difficult to mobilize resources effectively to meet new demands.
Moreover, people have become more articulate users of care services and cultural diversity demands increasingly more specific expertise amongst care professionals and care teams.

The need to create more integrated systems of care delivery means that health care managers and professionals must take on new roles and learn new skills to develop the joint responsibility that will be needed for a more person-centered approach to care. There is a need for future care professionals to understand not only the future content-related aspects in dealing with more complex cohorts of patients and service users, but also to become experts in the managerial and relational skills necessary in working in new multi-disciplinary teams and environments.

The Aim of the Masters Course

This Masters course on Integrated Care Design seeks to provide senior-decision-makers, managers and care professionals with a cohesive and blended programme that seeks to understand how approaches to integrated care can support the delivery of the Triple Aim goals in care delivery: a better care experience for clients; better care outcomes and improved population health; and a more sustainable and cost effective care system.

The course is relevant to people working to achieve innovations in multi-disciplinary health and welfare delivery through service redesign. It is relevant to those working in municipal and health authorities, for insurers, within care providers, the third sector as well as patient associations.

Students on the course should be competent managers, professionals or advocates who are well placed to make a significant contribution to the future development of innovations that promote integrated in complex, multidisciplinary settings.

Programme Organisers

This course provides health- and welfare providers with the tools they require for the design of integrated care. The program was created through collaboration between the Faculty of Health Care and the Faculty of Social Science and Law of Hogeschool Utrecht, University of Applied Sciences.

The course is organized in association with the Integrated Care Academy ©, the education and training arm of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), a Dutch Foundation dedicated to advancing the science, knowledge and adoption of integrated care in policy and practice around the world.

IFIC Community
A unique aspect of the course will be the ability of students to enroll as IFIC members to gain:

  • Registration to attend IFIC’s Annual International Conference on Integrated Care (ICIC);
  • First year ICIC participation at ICA© session on the Essential Skills of integrated care
  • Second year oral papers at ICIC based on students’ MSc research at special Integrated

Care Design workshop

  •  Expert support in writing for publication
  • Opportunity to engage in special interest groups and forums related to the student’s work
  • Opportunity to participate on international study tours and in IFIC summer schools
  • Alumni programme for graduates


2 years on a part-time basis

Blended/distance learning

Study load
21 hours /week

Location of instruction
Distance learning combined with face-to-face training

EU Residents – € 6,000

Non EU Residents – € 7,910

Admission requirements
Candidates who have completed a course of higher professional education or a comparable competency level in the field of health care and welfare are eligible for admission to this

In order to be accepted students must possess the following:

  • A completed recognized course of higher professional education or a comparable competency level in healthcare or welfare (for example as a social worker, socio-pedagogic caregiver, occupational therapist, nurse, physician or psychologist);
  • At least two years of relevant work experience


Admission via assessment
If students do not meet the admission requirements, it is nonetheless possible that they may be admitted via an assessment where the higher professional education cognitive and work level can be demonstrated.

Further information and dates available by contacting Marlou de kuiper

Course Design

The course is a competence-oriented, two-year and part-time program that offers a cohesive program with regard to content, level didactics and action learning. All of this takes place in a highly effective learning environment in which innovation in practice is the focal point. Students are encouraged to utilize state-of-the-art knowledge from a variety of sources, including scientific literature and also from IFIC’s expert community taking forward integrated care in policy and practice.
Each taught module is completed with an assignment that enables the student to apply their learning to the immediate resolution to a practical issue in integrated care design.
In the first year, the core of study lies in the development of academic competences and a deepening of specialized comprehension of integrated care. In the second year, students are encouraged and supported to apply this knowledge and build their skills and competencies. Attention is paid to critical reflection with regard to the development of personal effectiveness.
The course comprises 12 modules (6 each year) of ten weeks each that combines lecture content, group work, desk research and assignment writing.
In the first year students complete the following modules:
• Research methods/critical thinking
• Case study research and moral reasoning
• Evidence-based practice
• Strategy and policy
• Integrated care design principles
• Personal effectiveness/ advisory skills
In the second year students complete the following modules:
• Problem- analyses/ prevention
• Design-oriented research
• Process- product management
• Implementation and change management
• Knowledge management
• Finance, planning and control
• Reflective practice/ presentation and publication


The deadline for application and intake is September 1st.

  • Students will have the following IFIC benefits:
    • Student membership of IFIC over two years
    • Free registration to attend IFIC’s annual conferences over two years from registration
    • A bursary (travel budget) up to €400 per year, to support travel and accommodation over two years
    • Participation at ICA© session on the Essential Skills of integrated care (first year)
    • Oral paper session from MSc students based on their research (second year)
    • Expert support in writing for publication, at conference
    • Opportunity to otherwise engage as an IFIC student member within the activities of IFIC’s international network, including inclusion in its Young Researchers in Health Network

Please note that the course fee is €2,000 per year for EU Residents and €8,137 per year for NON EU Residents.

Hosted by:



Marlou de Kuiper,
University of Applied Sciences,
Utrecht /
Institute of Nursing Studies Faculty of Healthcare Hogeschool Utrecht
University of Applied Sciences
Bolognalaan 101
3584 CJ Utrecht
The Netherlands