The Department of Health Care Management of the Berlin University of Technology (TUB) is part of the Faculty of Economics and Management. It is concerned with health care systems, institutions and incentives, health economics, health policy as well as health care technologies/health technology assessment. The department has a strong interdisciplinary and international focus. Its research and teaching is based on public health, social sciences, economics, medicine, and engineering.
The department has strong relations with international organizations, universities, and industrial partners throughout Europe and beyond. In 2005, the department was named the “Collaborating Centre for Health Systems Research and Management” by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a result, the department is integrated in the WHO’s global network and it supports the WHO in its international efforts through scientific work. It has coordinated a project each in the 6th and 7th FP and has participated in a number of other EU-funded projects.
Professor Busse is Head of the Department of Health Care Management and a faculty member of Charité, Berlin’s medical faculty. He is also Associate Head of Research Policy and Head of the Berlin hub of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Health Policy, and a member of several scientific advisory boards. Professor Busse is a regular consultant for WHO, the EU Commission, the World Bank, OECD, and other international organizations within Europe and beyond, as well as national health and research institutions. Professor Busse studied medicine in Marburg (Germany), Boston (USA), and London (UK), as well as Public Health in Hannover (Germany).
His research focuses on methods and contents of comparative health system analysis (with a particular emphasis on the reforms in Germany, other social health insurance countries and Central and Eastern Europe, role of EU, financing and payment mechanisms as well as disease management), health services research including cost-effectiveness analyses, health targets, and health technology assessment (HTA). He is the director of the annual Observatory’s summer schools in Venice and the speaker of the Berlin Health Economics Research Centre (BerlinHECOR), one of only four such centres in Germany funded by the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research). He is author of more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, e.g. in the Lancet, the BMJ, Health Affairs, the European Journal of Public Health, Health Economics, and Social Science and Medicine.
Dr. van Ginneken is a senior researcher at the Department of Health Care Management and honorary research fellow at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. In 2011–12 he was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. van Ginneken coordinates the activities of the Berlin hub of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and is a series editor of the Health Systems in Transition (HiT) reviews. He is coauthor of HiT reviews on the Dutch, Czech, Estonian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Slovakian, and US health care systems and reforms.
Currently he is involved with the ICARE4EU project which aims to identify, describe, and analyse innovative, integrated care models for people with multi-morbidity in 31 European countries. He has written peer-reviewed journal articles on competitive health insurance, undocumented migrants’ access to care and health systems and policy issues in various countries. In addition he authored book chapters on health financing issues, governing competitive insurance and cross-border health care. Dr. van Ginneken holds an MSc in health policy and administration from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and a PhD in public health from the Berlin University of Technology.
Verena Struckmann has been a research fellow at the Department of Health Care Management at the Berlin University of Technology since 2012. She earned her European Public Health Bachelor and Honours Degree in Governance of Healthcare Innovations from the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands), including an exchange semester at the University of Malmö (Sweden). She acquired her Master of Public Health at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany). Her research focusses mainly on European cross border care, integrated care in the European Union, and health systems research. She has contributed to a section on health care provision in rural areas for the “Assessment of Developments in Health Care Report” commissioned by the German Advisory Council, which is used to advise the Federal Ministry of Health. Currently she is involved in the ICARE4EU project which aims to identify, describe, and analyse innovative, integrated care models for people with multi-morbidity in 31 European countries. Parallel with her work on European projects, she is engaged in teaching at bachelor and master levels in health care management and EU health policy.
Verena Vogt has been a research fellow at the Berlin University of Technology’s Department of Health Care Management since 2012. Previously she worked as a research fellow at the department of Epidemiology & International Public Health of the University of Bielefeld. She earned her Bachelor in Health Communication and her Master in Public Health from the Bielefeld University. During her master studies she spent an exchange semester studying Public Health at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses mainly on analysing routine data in health care to identify health care pathways of patients with chronic diseases. In addition, her research focuses on regional variation in health and health care. Currently she is involved in the project captureACCESS of the Berlin Centre of Health Economics Research (BerlinHECOR). The main aim of the project is to capture geographical and subjective access barriers to health care in Germany. Furthermore, she is involved in teaching at master levels in Public Health and a blended learning course in the field of Health Technology Assessment.