Innovation in Health Strategy and Quality of Care


The goals of the education in IHQC are to create an integrated educational and research environment focusing on the evaluation of innovation in Medical Health Care and Surgery, and on the integration of Quality of Care and Value Based Health care in daily medical practice. The themes of the Research Profile are part of the curriculum taught within the Medical curriculum (i.e. Bachelor, Master). In addition the Research Profile organises specific courses and activities for Master’s students and for PhD students to become independent scientists during their studies. To that end the best clinicians and researchers in this field put effort in providing an excellent education program.

Half Minors

Advanced professional skills for Patient-Centred Care

“A truly empowered patient is the ideal patient. Empowered patients will challenge us, yes, but they will also take their medicine and go for their tests. They will ask when they don’t understand our instructions rather than simply ignoring them. And, most important, they will be more likely to get well, which will make us feel successful” (JAMA 2008:1393).  If you wish to involve and activate patients, then this half minor is for you. 

Making care more patient-centred: what does it take?  How can you help patients with diverse backgrounds and competences take part in a decision, take responsibility for their treatment and health, and support them in self-management? A variety of teaching methods will be used, including group discussions with clinicians and patients, clinical visits, a structured debate, role plays, study assignments, designing and implementing an intervention, and writing a grant proposal. 

Medicine student views instruction and operation

Research in Spine and Skullbase surgery and ENT/Audiology

This half minor is directed at improving your academic skills. To this end epidemiological education and education in statistics and Medical Decision Making is a basis that you are introduced to. Information on Spine and Skullbase surgery and ENT/Audiology will be introduced to you in a lively manner: tutorials, instructive patient demonstrations, excursions and hands-on training will give you the basis to be able to gather relevant information, perform risk of bias analyses, perform data extraction and develop an academic view on your findings that you will bundle in your final presentation. Your final presentation will be held for an audience and you have to deliver a written piece of work. During this process you will be appointed a supervisor, that will personally guide you. You will learn to place the clinical and research findings in a broader context so that you can ultimately take a critical view of developments in this area of medicine.

Internships and courses 

A wide diversity of internships for master students Biomedical Sciences and Medicine are provided by the IHQC research programmes. These internships focus on research in the two overarching topics, Tailored Medicine and Smart Surgery. For more indication as to which sub-themes and methods are often used, see our Programmes. For more information, please contact the Chairs ( or or the theme or program leaders (see Research Programs). 

PhD students

Our research profile offers PhD candidates a highly multidisciplinary and strong methodology oriented research environment with excellent supervision by internationally reputed scientists, in which knowledge and experience are passed on and there is room to develop transferable skills. Our research profile has several interesting PhD projects for students of the MD/PhD-traject, for examples please consult the overview of  PhD projects for students in MD/PhD-traject. For general information on PhD programmes consult the Graduate School Leiden University Medical Center.

Information on the PhD course program of the research profile  

The wide variety of research topics and interests in our research profile calls for a course program tailored to the individual PhD student. The PhD supervisor and student will select a program of courses that fits the chosen PhD research topic, including  required courses. Some indications as to courses that our PhD students may  choose from, are also provided here.

LUMC Generic Biomedical PhD Courses
Joint UL-LUMC Transferable Skills PhD Courses
Other PhD Courses of potential relevance in our research profile (examples)