21st Century Skills for Healthcare Professionals

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"This course has without a doubt changed my perspective and understanding of healthcare, and all of us agreed that we felt more equipped to face the healthcare challenges that we may face in the 21st century" (student, 2022). 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, UAS 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.

Day-to-day schedule - Summerschool 21st Century Skills .pdf
Utrecht Summer School Welcome Day 2023_18.pdf
Course director
Dr. Thijs van Houwelingen, RN


  • Dr. Thijs van Houwelingen, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in Nursing, Institute for Nursing Studies
  • Edwin Hagenbeek MSc, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Director International Affairs, Institute for Nursing Studies

Aim of the course

Equipping students with appropriate competencies for 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 the start of the summer school, students will have an assignment. An assessment will follow at the end (10 hours).


Course fee:
Student fee:
Student fee
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School
Extra information about the fee
  • The fee for professionals, both foreign and Dutch is €950
  • Students receive a €300 reduction.
  • Hogeschool Utrecht students pay €50 (receive a €900 reduction)

Please do not make your payment before the course fee reduction has been applied.

Additional information

If you would like to make use of the Utrecht Summer School student accommodation, please make sure to check this page. You can check in on or after Sunday 2 July 2023, after 12.00 (noon). More information regarding the check-in is available in the pre-departure and day-to-day document. 


Extra application information

Please include in your motivation if you are a student and are eligible for one of the course fee reductions.

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

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

Motivation Letter

Contact details

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


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
31 May 2023