The Health Policy Pillar envisions a Europe in which all policies improve the health and well-being of populations and ensure people-centered health systems that are universal, equitable, sustainable, and of high quality within and across Europe. The Health Policy Pillar aims for the successful digital transformation of the healthcare sector that is driven by a healthy healthcare workforce.

The Health Policy Pillar strives to achieve its vision through empowering medical students to have an impact on policy making processes that encourage all citizens in achieving their full health potential and well-being. The Health Policy Pillar advocates for a long-term improvement of the European health situation.


Educate and raise awareness among medical students on:

  • The European health situation
  • Policy making in EMSA by providing a platform, training and capacity building
  • Relevant stakeholders and health organizations.
  • Policy development, key policy documents, and their implementation within the European institutions and stakeholders.

Target and actively engage in the current initiatives and projects on the health framework and agenda of the European Region and EU Institutions.

Coordinate and initiate efforts to shape European health policies to be translated into concrete recommendations and/or actions.

Prioritize focus areas including digital health and health innovationsuniversal health coveragepatient-centered health careeffective healthcare systems, and working conditions of healthcare professionals.


Focus Areas


The Health Policy Pillar actively advocates for the successful and meaningful digitalization of the healthcare sector. The team prepared, conducted, and analyzed a Europe-wide survey on the implementation of digital health in the curriculum of medical education. EMSA uses the results to actively contribute to the development of digital strategies and their educational embodiment.

Digital Health Toolkit: Digital Health In Medical Education

Policy Paper: Digital Health in the Medical Curriculum: Addressing the Needs of the Future Health Workforce

EMSA survey on eHealth 


Policy Statement: Conflicts of Interest in Medical Education Settings
Scientific and professional integrity relies on both a transparent approach to conflict of interests and clear policies to regulate them. Therefore, how universities handle conflicts of interest is of great importance for the scientific and professional integrity of future European doctors. Self-imposed rules are key for the European Medical Students Association to ensure transparency. It is our goal to raise awareness among medical students around Europe and to advocate efficient conflict of interest policies and frameworks for universities.

Mental Health Europe: Shedding Light on Transparent Cooperation in Healthcare – The way forward for sunshine and transparency laws across Europe

EMSA contributed with a statement to this comprehensive report of the status quo of transparency in healthcare cooperations and regulative policies in EU member states.


How does the digital transformation of health care change the daily routine of a healthcare professional? Which knowledge and skills will healthcare professionals need? Are universities in Europe preparing their students well enough to work within a digitized health system?

In front of you lies a toolkit encouraging you – as future healthcare professionals – to put the digitalization of health care into practice. It provides you with an insightful context, an introduction to the topic of digital health and a framework to inspire you to start activities and discussions at your university. 

Local Health Policy Projects Booklet

This booklet was written by medical students who were eager to start the  Health Policy pillar activities in their local faculty. The aim of this project is to represent the identity and guidelines of the pillar. We came up with three project proposals: an Introduction to Health Policy (“Health Policy 101”), Digital Health and Universal Health Coverage.
As this is the first attempt in designing such a booklet, we encourage you to provide us with as much feedback and as many reflections as possible after applying it. Your contributions will further refine the proposals and lead to even better outcomes!

Did you feel inspired by reading our booklet?

The European Health Policy Pillar strives to achieve its vision through empowering medical students to have an impact on policymaking processes that encourage all citizens in achieving their full health potential and well-being.
In this Google Drive folder, you can find instructions and materials to organize local projects on Health Policy topics – Health Policy 101, Digital Health, and Universal Health Coverage. Materials available include detailed plans for each session, background information and presentation templates.

HP Projects

Policy papers

European Health Policy Pillar is committed to a Europe in which all policies address public health questions creating a European healthcare system that promotes patients’ empowerment and safety, and provides fair working conditions for the healthcare workforce.

EMSA Webinars

Policy making seems a bit abstract to you? Do you want to gather an overview of policy making processes? Check out our webinars!


The Health Policy pillar is organizing webinar sessions on policy making – e-policy 101! Whether you are totally new to Health Policy or with lots of experience, the ePolicy 101 series will give you knowledge and tools crucial for you to bring about the change you want to see in the world.

Session #1: Institutions of the European Union
30th of May | 11.00 – 13.00 CEST
What are the main institutions in the EU, and how do they reach decisions? In this introductory meeting, you will meet other participants and become familiar with the goals and structure of this course. Be ready for an interactive learning experience!


Session #2: The Legislative System of the European Union
30th of May | 16.00 – 18.00 CEST
The legislative procedure of the European Union is a mystery to many; nevertheless, the EU can exert a significant influence on member states through policy making. Have you ever wondered whether a student organisation can get the chance to state its point of view in this process? Let’s discuss it together!


Session #3: Health Policy Basics
31st of May | 11.00 – 13.00 CEST
Although health policy has a great impact in the real life of physicians, medical students are often unsure of what areas it covers precisely. With this session, you will learn how health policies are developed and how to understand them effectively.


Session #4: How to write an EMSA Policy Statement
31st of May | 14.00 – 16.00 CEST
EMSA has developed a secret strategy to write the perfect policy statement. Would you like to know about it? Take part in the final session of ePolicy 101 to learn how to advocate for the topics you care about the most!



EMSA webinar on Policy Making
In this webinar we explore policy making as an applied science, the process of writing policy papers at EMSA, and the importance of writing high-quality policy statements.
Duration: 1 hour
Speakers: Lina Mosch, Paulius Povilonis, Andres Eilers and Yordan Kovatchev

Past Health Policy Directors

2018-2019 : Lina Mosch, Germany
2017-2018 : Felix Machleid, Germany
2016-2017 : Juliette Mattijsen, The Netherlands
2016-2017 : Lauritz Blome, Germany
2015-2016 : Stefan Hardt, Germany (as PMO)
2014-2015 : Pascal Nohl-Deryk, Germany (as PMO)
2013-2014 : Jehona Krasniqi, Kosovo (as PMO)
2012-2013 : Jacob Hildebrand, Germany (as PMO)