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Professional Programme on European Health Care and Social Systems in Transition

Tackle complexity! From August 17 to 24, 2017 the European Forum Alpbach will host the “Professional Programme on European Health Care and Social Systems in Transition”.

Date & Place
August 17 to 24, 2017, Alpbach, Tyrol


This programme addresses 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.

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Who can participate?
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 apply.

Application Deadlines

  • for paying participants from March 1 until April 28, 2017. If you want to register, please contact Franziska Werkner ( via e-mail. Thank you!
  • for scholarship applicants from February 17 until March 31, 2017

Fees & Availability of Scholarships
EUR 1,200; scholarships available up until the age of 30, kindly check below

The Alpbach Professional Programme on European Health Care and Social Systems in Transition gives a comprehensive insight into the intricacies of organizing and reforming health and social systems, and the interrelationships between economics, public health, health sciences, regulations and many other fields governing the decision makers, professionals and people alike.
By taking into account these various influencing factors on the design and implementation of health and social care, the challenges of today’s systems will be discussed and solutions for more integrated and coordinated care elaborated. Thus, the Alpbach Professional Programme will enable participants to better understand the roles of different professions and institutions and play an active role in the change process towards more equitable, people-centred and integrated systems.

The programme is jointly organised by the International Foundation for Integrated Care and the European Forum Alpbach. Both institutions have a wide network of national and international partners at their disposal, which cover the whole range of knowledge and expertise necessary to provide inspiring input.

Your Learning Outcomes

  • You receive an overview of the economic, financial and organizational concepts of health and social systems.
  • You are able to analyze and interpret influencing factors and processes which form a health and social care system, such as social and epidemiological data, legal frameworks or available human and financial resources.
  • You deepen your understanding of the interrelationships of health and social systems and identify challenges on the local, national and European levels;
  • You design and discuss possible solutions to previously identified problems by tapping the professional and systemic backgrounds of the participants.

Who is it for?

The professional programme is geared towards people working in health and social care in its broadest sense, thus it is for graduate and post-graduate students as well as young professionals from all relevant backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, economics, law, public health and social services. No limit on age or professional background applies.

Conditions & Application for Paying Participants

Proficiency in English (European level C1) is a must. Participants need to be able to follow group discussions, express their own opinion, present a case-study and complete a multiple choice final exam.

Please send the completed request for registration form (pdf) together with your CV, a proof of thorough knowledge of English (non-native speakers) as well as your motivation statement (one page text, which explains the relevance of the course for your professional career) to Franziska Werkner from March 1 until April 30, 2017.

Please note that the willingness to pay for participation does not guarantee a spot. The same selection criteria and rules of participation apply for both, scholarship applicants and paying participants.

Conditions & Application for Scholarship Applicants

A limited number of scholarships covering the participation and accommodation in the programme are available.

To apply for this scholarship the following documents have to be submitted:

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Motivational statement (up to 3,000 characters)
    Please submit a one-page text which explains the relevance of the course for your professional career.
  3. Curriculum Vitae
    The curriculum vitae should give evidence of your academic education, practical experience and extra-curricular activities.
  4. Proof of thorough knowledge of English (non-native speakers only)
    Please enclose proof of your proficiency in English (minimum: European level C1 or minimum of IELTS 6.5).
  5. Letter of recommendation (optional)

Please apply via our online tool until March 31, 2017.

Applications via e-mail or regular mail as well as incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Procedure and Results

In order to get a scholarship for the course, applicants have to pass a selection process. The academic director of the course Dr. Katharina Stein will select the candidates.

The European Forum Alpbach will inform the successful scholarship holders via e-mail during the second half of May at the latest. Please do not contact us prior to this date regarding the status of your application. Make sure to mention an e-mail address in the application form that is valid and avoid hotmail or addresses, as we have experienced numerous problems with delivery. Please also check your spam folder regularly.


The participation fee/scholarship value of EUR 1.200,- includes:

  • 50 hours of lectures and group exercises
  • registration
  • course material
  • lunch and refreshments during the course
  • 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 paying participants. Scholarships cover the participation fee and accommodation costs but exclude travel costs.

We DO NOT offer room booking services.

For all questions concerning the Professional Programme and your application please contact:

Franziska Werkner, Project Manager | T +43 (1) 718 17 11 – 27