Utrecht, Netherlands

21st Century Skills for Healthcare Professionals

when 8 July 2024 - 19 July 2024
language Dutch
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 950

This multi-professional course is intended for students in nursing, physiotherapy, medicine, allied health care workers, and many others fields, who want to develop new skills and work in an international context. The course is organised by the Institute for Nursing Studies and the Institute for Physiotherapy, UASU Utrecht. We will focus on themes as rehabilitation, technology, mental and social health, innovation and designing. These topics will be discussed in a multi-disciplinary working environment.

Nurses, physiotherapists and all kinds of healthcare workers must deal with the challenges of a continuously changing world. From an international point of view, we notice global similarities and differences. Universal topics like 21st century skills (using new technologies), leadership, intercultural competences, nutrition and polypharmacy are all connected to health topics.

In this changing world, we are facing more and more complex diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and occurrence of pain. The prevalence and incidence are also increasing rapidly. These diseases and conditions occur more and more in combination to each other. Approximately one patient with one type of cardiovascular disease has 3,8 other diseases at the same time.

In this interdisciplinary working environment and intercultural context, we challenge students to experience elements of their own lifestyle and to combine this with their role as healthcare professionals. This course is very interactive and includes visits to healthcare institutes and technology labs.

Course leader

Dr. Thijs van Houwelingen, RN

Course aim

-Equipping students with appropriate competencies for the healthcare challenges in the 21st century, using new technologies and new biological, mental and social perspectives.

Fee info

EUR 950: Course + course materials
EUR 450: Housing fee (optional)


The fee for professionals, both foreign and Dutch is €950
Students receive a €300 discount.

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