THE Local health policy projects booklet is published!

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!


The EMSA Health Policy Pillar is gathering passionate people interested in European policy to improve health within Europe.

VISION & Mıssıon

The Health Policy Pillar envisions a Europe in which all policies improve the health and well-being of populations and ensure people-centred 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
    • Problem recognition and means for problem solving
    • Outline and agenda setting
    • Policy drafting and phrasing
    • Implementation at local, national and international level
  • 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 Institution Prioritize focus areas including digital health and health innovations, universal health coverage, patient-centered health care, effective healthcare systems, working conditions of healthcare professionals.
  • Coordinate and initiate efforts to shape European health policies to be translated in concrete recommendations and/or actions.
  • Ensure that all opinions of EMSA members are equally heard and respected.
  • Continuously evaluate and refine the construction and implementation of this pillar, its vision, mission, and objectives.
What is health policy?

According to World Health Organization; “Health Policy refers to decisions, plans and actions to be undertaken to achieve the specific health care goals within a society. An explicit health policy can achieve several things: It defines a vision for the future which in turn helps to establish targets and points of reference for the short and medium term. It outlines the priorities and the expected roles of different groups; and it builds consensus and informs people.”


Lina Mosch 


Health Policy Director

Paulius Povilonis 


Assistant for Internal Affairs


 Through the term, the Health Policy Pillar will release calls giving the opportunity to get involved in our activities!

Inspired by EMSA’s Health Policy pillar? Interested in what possibilities EMSA has to offer? Send an email to and get to know how you can contribute!

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Digital HEALTH and health innovations

 Digital health is defined as “using digital tools and services for health” and includes different areas such as electronic health records, telemedicine, e-Prescription and m-Health. eHealth has the potential to revolutionize current health care systems and the ways we think about health in general shifting to a more prevention focused perspective. The Health Policy Pillar actively advocates for a successful and meaningful digitalization of the healthcare sector. In this respect, the Health Policy Pillar offered the possibility for interested and motivated EMSAi to exchange ideas and share experiences within the European Support Division for eHealth. 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 digital strategies and their educational embodiment.


  • European Commission – eHealth stakeholder group, eHAction
  • The International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH)
  • European Patients’ Forum (EPF)
  • The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
  • The European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL)

Read the policy paper! 

WHO Digital Symposium External Meeting Report

Deans Meeting “Training Future-Proof Doctors for the Digital Society”External Meeting Report

6th eHealth Stakeholder Group – External Meeting Report

TRANSPARENCY and Conflicts of Interest In Healthcare Collaborations

Policy Statement Conflicts of Interest in Medical Education Settings

Scientific and professional integrity rely 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.

Universal Health Coverage

“No one should have to choose between death and financial hardship. No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food”  Tedros Adhanom, WHO Director. migration

The goal of Universal Health Coverage is to implement health care system´s that give everyone access to quality essential health services they need (including prevention, promotion, treatment, rehabilitation and palliation) and protecting people of financial hardship by the cost of healthcare. Thus all UN Member States agreed on achieving UHC till 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.

Called “ the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer to address persistent health inequalities” the European Health Policy Pillar highly supports and will actively advocate this goal.


Past Health Policy Directors

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)

Watch our Webinar!

Policy making seems a bit abstract to you?You want to gather an overview about policy making processes and be able to look at policies on the European and the organisational level in a larger context?

You can now watch the EMSA webinar on Policy Making via this link:

— The ultimate goal —
At the end of this webinar, you are aware of the importance of high quality policy statements and policy making in Europe as well as in EMSA as a European NGO.

1. Introduction (5 min)
2. Policy making – an applied science (20 min)
3. Policy writing (15 min)
4. How does it work within EMSA? (15 min max)
5. Q & A ( ~ 20 min)

DURATION: ~1.15 h

Europeanly yours,

Lina, Paulius, Andres – EMSA European Health Policy Team

Yordan, EMSA Vice President of Internal Affairs