The Maastricht University Executive Healthcare Leadership Programme

This first postgraduate course on (public) healthcare leadership incorporates real problems based on health priorities that aim to contribute to the creation of new and innovative healthcare systems in Europe. It integrates health content with leadership competencies and business techniques required in the field of public health leadership. This is reflected throughout the whole programme by the unique collaboration of the School of Business Economics and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University with highly ranked experts and educationalists. This joint expertise and strength led to an Evidence-Based Curriculum for the programme.

Bringing together public health, health care and policy in Europe

The joint expertise of the School of Business Economics and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University and strength led to an Evidence-Based Curriculum for the programme. The leadership content is featured around the Public Health Leadership Competency Framework consisting of 52 competencies distributed among eight domains: Systems Thinking, Political Leadership, Building & Leading Interdisciplinary Teams, Leadership & Communication, Leading Change, Emotional Intelligence & Leadership in Team-based Organisations, Leadership Organisational Learning & Development and Ethics & Professionalism.


Participants in this dynamic high impact leadership programme are health care executives and emerging leaders with working experience who wish to adapt their knowledge and skills to the constantly changing field of health care. Participants work successfully across traditional departmental, organisational, intersectional and national boundaries to develop productive partnerships with a range of stakeholders, including service users and healthcare professionals. This requires state of the art skills of effective leadership. If you are a health professional (working as a European & local policy maker, healthcare provider or working in healthcare payer organisations or medical industry), or if you are aspiring for a senior leadership position and aiming at improving your leadership attributes, this course is for you


  • Examination of the key debates around leadership in healthcare and healthcare related fields;
  • Assessment of the participant’s personal leadership competencies in relation to their current role;
  • Identification of knowledge gaps and further training needs in leadership;
  • Analysing what leadership is and what successful leaders do;
  • Stimulating and capturing future innovation and applying the lessons learned.

Teaching methods

Mini–lectures, self-assessment, group discussion, interactive lectures, Problem-Based Learning, group work tasks, action projects, stakeholder analysis, role-play, personal development plan, experiential learning, optional online and face to face coaching. A mixture of different professions participating in the course in a collaborative way will assure inter-professional learning experiences and will contribute to the development of new enriched and integrated learning outcomes.

Teaching staff
The teaching staff of the course consists of international public health and leadership experts and educationalists with various educational backgrounds. The teachers are affiliated to the following institutions: Maastricht University (NL), Sheffield Hallam University (UK), School of Medicine, Pharmacy & Health, Queen's Campus, Durham University (UK), Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (UK), HealthCare Futurists GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany, Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina and The Rethmeier Group, LLC from Bermuda Run, North Carolina (US). Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

“Now is the time for a new generation of healthcare leaders to emerge and take charge.
Professional development of (public) health leaders requires a competency-based instruction to help them develop the abilities to address complex and evolving demands of health care systems.”

Katarzyna Czabanowska, programme coordinator

Admission requirements

  • Master’s degree or an equivalent
  • Sufficient English skills
  • Online skype intake is part of the procedure

Upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate. 

Language of instruction
Language of instruction is English

    A new format is being developed. 

    For more information about the new format, please contact Katarzyna Czabanowska 

    Detailed programme

      Day 1
    Introduction: In the concept of contemporary public health and health care leadership.
    By Dr. Katarzyna Czabanowska

    Systems thinking, part one: Complexities and context of the system from a practitioner perspective and the basic concepts of systems thinking that practices depend on the complex interplay of a wide range of interrelated actions.
    By Tobias D. Gantner, MD, MB and Dr. Sally Fowler Davis

      Day 2
    Systems thinking, part two and Emotional Intelligence: Complexities and context of the system, problem solving and the impact of emotional intelligence in influencing others.
    By Dr. Sally Fowler Davis

    Political Leadership: The theory and practices related to political leadership and policy development in public health. Policy development, stakeholder analysis, dealing with interests and power.
    By Dr. Katarzyna Czabanowska and Martin Lammers

    Day 3
    Strategic and Personal Leadership: Leadership in complex systems, collaborative leadership, leading Change.
    By Prof Dr. Marielle Heijltjes

    Ecosystem learning: Introduction to ecosystem learning as a way to work with complex, wicked challenges in healthcare and the components of ecosystem learning.
    By Professor Dr. Mien Segers

      Day 4
    Leadership in Practice: Application of the learnings into practice based leadership cases
    By Dr. Katarzyna Czabanowska and Martin Lammers
    Guest lecturer: Norbert Quinkert (Chairman Supervisory Board Advanced Metallurgical Group)

    Optional  Additional offer
    Executive coaching: Use of the competencies self-assessment guide to develop and enhance participants’ leadership competencies. Creation of a concrete personal development plan towards attaining one’s leadership related goals.
    By Dr. Katarzyna Czabanowska and Martin Lammers


    Location for the four days face-to-face sessions are at Maastricht University, both at Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and the School of Business and Economics.

    More information
    Katarzyna Czabanowska (programme coordinator)
    Department of International Health
    Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
    Maastricht University
    Phone: + 31 43 3881592
    E-mail: kasia.czabanowska[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl