21st Century Skills for Health Care Professionals

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Student fee (excl. housing)

Unfortunately, this course is cancelled this summer due to COVID-19 regulations. We expect to be able to offer this course again next year.

This multi-professional course is intended for students in nursing, physiotherapy, medicine, allied health care workers, and many others, who want to develop new skills and work in an international context. The course is organized by Institute for Nursing Studies and 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 health care 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 connected to health topics.

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

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

Course director

Dr. Thijs van Houwelingen, RN


• Dr. Thijs van Houwelingen, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in Nursing, Institute for Nursing Studies

• Jasmin Pekaric, MFt, Senior lecturer in Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Healthcare Innovation, Institute for Human Movement Studies

• Edwin Hagenbeek MSc, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Director International Affairs, Institute for Nursing Studies

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.

Study load

Two weeks of lectures, workshops and visits (in total 60 hours), self-study (20 hours). Prior to summer school, students will have an assignment and an assessment will follow at the end (10 hours).


Course fee:
Student fee:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:

Course fee of €950 is for professionals, both foreign and Dutch. Foreign and non-HU students receive a €300 discount. HU students receive a €900 discount.

Please do not make your payment before the discount has been added.

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.


Students from Utrecht University of Applied Sciences (HU) must also subscribe at HU Osiris-site to gain the 3 EC. 

More information

Thijs van Houwelingen | E: thijs.vanhouwelingen@hu.nl | T: 0031-6-41097762


Application deadline: 01 May 2020

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