MAM06 - Organizational settings of health care

Organizational settings of health care

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Time period(s)

Sem. 1Sem. 2

Educational institute

Medical Informatics


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Application of medical informatics in a clinical setting or in research requires understanding of organizational settings of health care. In this course students will get acquainted with organizational theory in general. By the end of this course students:

  • should have a good understanding of the organizational aspects and contextual dimensions of hospitals; 
  • have knowledge of how information technology (IT) can be organized within an organization; 
  • should be aware of the importance of organizational and socio-cultural considerations while implementing IT; 
  • will be able to apply this knowledge in selected case studies 

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Ir. A. ElsenaarDepartment AD-ICTHvA,


Organization structure and design:

  • Dimensions of organizations 
  • Strategy, organization design, and effectiveness 
  • Organization structure (functional, divisional, etc.) 
  • Environmental (un)certainty and stakeholders 
  • Coordinating mechanisms, (de)centralization, specialization 

Hospitals and insurers:

  • Hospitals and other health care organizations 
  • Health care systems and health-care reforms 
  • Organizational design and culture 
  • Role and position of health care professionals 

Organizational dynamics:

  • Service organizations, information technology and control, organization life cycle 
  • Organizational culture, innovation and change, decision-making processes 
  • Management, conflict, power and politics, steering and self-organization 

IT organization:

  • IT organization, (IT-)Project and change management 
  • National initiatives and standardization of IT 
  • Socio-technical and cultural aspects of implementing IT 

Recommended prior knowledge

Bachelor course 'Tussen zorgproces en beleid' (course 3.2) and 'Strategisch informatiemanagement' (course 3.4).


During this course students will work individually and in groups to practice their analytic, discussion, and presentation skills. 

The key topics will be presented in lectures, explored during exercises and discussions (seminar), and integrated in cases and/or examples in health care. Guest speakers are invited to tell about their experiences with organizational settings of health care (cases).


Class times can be found in the course schedule at

Study materials

  • Articles 
  • Hand-outs

Min/max participants

The number of participants will be 10 to 20.


The course will be examined in two (one small and one large) individual assignments.

The final grade is based on these two.