Maastricht University (UM) in the Netherlands stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook. With almost 16,000 students and 4,000 staff, UM offers a wide choice of academic programmes, all of which are designed to bring out the best in its students. UM has used Problem-Based Learning (PBL) ever since it was founded.
The UM Department of International Health, part of Caphri School for Public Health and Primary Care, has a European outlook which origins from the content of the key-activities of the European Union. Next to its educational and research activities the department is active in European projects which are related to the education and research in health. The department is leading in and outside the faculty in conceptualizing the European perspective towards health. Major research themes are research in the area of the work done of the European Commission regarding health, epidemiological research linked to European policy research and research focusing on public health surveillance systems. The Department of International Health was co-ordinating HLS-EU, the European Health Literacy Survey, generating first-time data on health literacy in European countries and providing indicators for national and EU monitoring.