Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht City Campus)

Meaning,spiritualitity, ethics and healthcare management

when 26 August 2013 - 30 August 2013
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

Health care as business is a major metaphor in the current debate in the Netherlands. Another important development is that of quality of care, often operationalized in procedures and protocols. In policy documents on health care we rarely find concepts as meaning, spirituality and ethics. Nevertheless these concepts are crucial in humane care. Spiritual carers see themselves as advocate of this humane perspective in health care. Is it possible to combine both movements, that of rationalization and that of humanization?

In the program, lecturers on ethics and spiritual carers of Utrecht University, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and the Catharina Hospital Eindhoven will reflect with the participants on this question. The focus is how spiritual care and ethics can contribute to both aspirations in the multidisciplinary care for patients and in management of the institution

Course leader

Wim Smeets

Target group

The course examines an important social domain – that of health care – from cultural, policy, ethical and religious angles. The course is therefore of interest to students from a range of disciplines, including medicine, social policy and the humanities. A strong emphasis on this course is the development of interdisciplinary ways of thinking and working.

Course aim

1. Students on this course will gain insight into the implications of people’s search for meaning, and of spirituality and ethics, for the management of a health care institution and the management of spiritual care.
2. Students on the course will acquire the skills needed to make an independent contribution to policymaking and management in health care and health care institutions with an awareness of the issues involved in people’s search for meaning, and in spirituality and ethics.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 550: Course + course materials + housing

EUR 350: Course + course materials


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