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Scholarships Summer School Health Care


Alpbach Summer School, August 11 to 17

Course description

Health is fundamental to human development, social and economic advancement and active participation in one’s community and society. However, even in the most affluent countries health and social systems have not yet managed to eliminate inequalities and inequities in health. The recent economic crisis along with the ageing society, technological advancements and an increase in chronic diseases put an ever-growing strain on the limited resources of the health and social care sectors. Over the past years, the health and social systems of the European countries have tried to live up to these challenges, their efforts resulting in a state of constant reform. In addition the expectations of patients have dramatically changed since the introduction of the first public health services more than a century ago, as have the surrounding conditions a health and social system has to take into account.

This summer school will address the hot topic of organizing and financing a health and social system, the influences and trends that have to be taken into account as well as ways of building a sustainable and equitable health and social system for the future. A special focus will be laid on the challenges faced by the former soviet health care systems. The key learning objectives are:

  • To provide participants with an overview of the economic, financial and organizational concepts of health and social systems;
  • To introduce participants to the diverse influencing factors and processes which form a health and social care system, such as social and epidemiological data, legal frameworks or drug authorization regulations;
  • To understand and analyse the interrelationships of health and social systems and identify challenges on the local, national and European levels;
  • To discuss possible solutions to previously identified problems by tapping the professional and systemic backgrounds of the participants.

Format and Requirements

The summer school is geared towards graduate and post-graduate students as well as young health professionals from all relevant backgrounds, including medicine, economics, law, public health and social security institutions. No limit on age or professional background applies. The course is composed of lectures, case studies, group discussions and presentations and is designed to promote interaction among the participants and lecturers. The faculty consists of European experts who provide first hand insights into their respective fields, basing their presentations on scientific and professional experiences. The course language is English and a high proficiency (European level C1) is necessary.

Application procedure

In order to be able to register for the course, applicants have to pass a selection process. You will have to send your completed application form, your CV and a motivation letter (1 page), explaining relevance of the course for your professional career, proof of thorough knowledge of English and a letter of recommendation (optional) by regular mail to Benedikt Grawe, European Forum Alpbach, Franz-Josefs-Kai 13/10, 1010 Vienna, Austria. Application deadline is May, 2 2013 (postmark).


Certificates will be awarded to all participants who have not only attended 80% of the sessions but also successfully passed the multiple choice exam. This course has been awarded CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).

Participation Fee

The participation fee of EUR 1.700,- includes: 50 hours of lectures and group exercises

  • Registration
  • Course material
  • Lunch and refreshments during the course
  • An evening social event including dinner
  • Free participation in all events of the European Forum Alpbach as far as the course schedule allows

Travel and accommodation costs have to be covered by the participants.


A limited number of scholarships will be available for participants.


For further information and inquiries, please contact: Benedikt GRAWE, stipendium(at); +43 (1) 718 17 11 19, Fax +43 (1) 718 17 01.