Programme Directors’ Group

Excellence in post-graduate health management programmes was a key-driver behind the establishment of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) in 1982 and it remains a principal focal point today. Therefore, EHMA has worked to establish a Programme Directors’ Group, which brings together Programme and Course Directors, Heads of Department, Deans or any other individual representing a study course to help ensure that taught programmes continue to provide the highest quality education for health managers, healthcare professionals and other stakeholders.

EHMA is committed to build a strong, vibrant and broad ranging Programme Directors’ Group that fully reflects the breadth of academic members within EHMA. Therefore, EHMA Members are welcome to join the group, contribute to its activities and propose new ones based on their competences, expertise and interests. Contact us for more information on the Programme Directors’ Group or on how to join.


The Programme Directors’ Group meetings are a regular twice-a-year event, providing space for discussing pressing challenges, sharing knowledge on market needs, supporting improvement in programme content and delivery, and supporting the promotion of member programmes to prospective students. Programme Directors meet during winter for a two-day Winter Retreat taking place usually the first week of February and in summer at the EHMA Conference in June.

EHMA 2019 Programme Directors’ Group Winter Retreat

The EHMA 2019 Programme Directors’ Group Winter Retreat took place on 4th – 5th February in Kloster Eberbach, Germany, under the chairmanship of Dr. Stephen Brookes from the University of Manchester.

In 2019, the PD Group’s development reached a new milestone. All members were asked to provide a short outline of the main healthcare challenges that they would have liked to discuss with the aim of agreeing strategic activities for the following twelve months through an agreed action plan. The second major change was the introduction of a Winter School, the aim of which was to encourage young healthcare leaders/managers and professionals to develop their leadership/managerial skills through competencies training focusing on the topic of “Managing digital innovation in healthcare”.

Check out the full article by the EHMA Programme Directors’ Group Chair, Dr. Stephen Brookes, “Responding to Healthcare Management 2.0 and Leadership 3.0

Archive of Programme Directors’ meetings

EHMA 2018 Programme Directors’ Group Winter Retreat


EHMA, together with its Programme Directors’ Group, is delighted to launch the EHMA Health Management Programmes Directory. The directory aims to support prospective students in their search for the best health management postgraduate programmes in Europe and beyond.
Have a look at the programmes available so far, and take charge of your future!


The EHMA Programme Directors’ Group is pleased to announce the second edition of the EHMA Winter School, on the theme of “Reimagining leadership for healthcare”.

The Winter School will place on 4th – 6th February 2020 in Grimbergen, Belgium and will feature

  • highly interactive coaching sessions in a small group setting
  • aimed at developing skills & competencies needed for the healthcare leaders of the future
  • delivered by health management trainers from leading European Universities

Learn more about the Winter School programme, meet the trainers and register here.

Archive of EHMA Winter School

EHMA 2019 Winter School – Managing Digital Innovation in Healthcare

Contact us to know more about the Programme Directors’ Group.