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

VISION & Mıssıon

The European Health Policy Pillar envisions a Europe in which all policies improve the health and well-being of populations, healthy workforce, reduce health inequalities, strengthen public health and ensure people-centred health systems that are universal, equitable, sustainable and of high quality within and across Europe.

The European Health Policy Pillar strives to achieve it’s 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 European Health Pillar represents the opinions of the European medical students and aims to advocate for a long-term improvement of the European health situation.


  • Raise awareness among medical students on European health situation and policy processes.

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

  • Prioritize focus areas including patient-centered health care, working conditions of healthcare professionals, health innovation and technologies.

  • Educate medical students on:

    *Health policy development and its implementation within the European institutions and stakeholders

    *Policy making and advocacy within EMSA by providing a platform, training and capacity building aiming for the highest quality of EMSA policies.

  • Ensure that all opinions of EMSA members are equally heard and respected.

  • Voice the consensus opinion of our members through high-quality policy making.

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

  • 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.”

For all EMSA Europe policy statements, please refer to the Policy Statements page under About Us section.


Justinas Balciunas


(Assistant on Internal Affairs)


Felix Machleid 


(Pillar Director)


Aykut Uçar


(Assistant on External Affairs)




Electronic or eHealth is defined by the European Commission 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 European Health Policy Pillar actively advocates for a successful and meaningful digitalization of the healthcare sector. In this respect, the European 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 is going to prepare a Europe-wide survey on the implementation of eHealth in the curriculum of medical education and later use the results to actively contribute to the development digital strategies and their educational embodiment.


  • European Commission – eHealth stakeholder group
  • 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! 


Healthcare professional mobility in a changing Europe has become a fast moving target for policy makers. It is evolving rapidly in direction and magnitude as a consequence of fundamental change caused by EU enlargement and the financial and economic crisis. Health professional mobility changes the numbers of health professionals in countries and the skill-mix of the workforce, with consequences for health system performance. (from “WHO-Health Professional Mobility in a Changing Europe”) The European Health Policy Pillar is part of the working group “Free Movement of Doctors” by the European Junior Doctors aiming to tackle contractual obligations for residents and to revise all national retention mechanisms in order to address the root causes of migration.


  • The European Junior Doctors (EJD)
  • The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)


Read the policy paper! 


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the most important modern healthcare challenges. Since their discovery, antibiotics have proven to be essential in the treatment of bacterial infections, reduction of complications following medical interventions, prevention of bacterial infections in dentistry, improvement of veterinary medicine and other non-therapeutic, yet important societal purposes. However, the effectiveness of antibiotics has become limited by the spread of drug-resistant bacterial strains. (from our policy paper) The European Health Policy Pillar supports EMSA in its mission to tackle this complex and multifaceted public health threat on levels of prevention, containment and surveillance.


  • European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)


Read the policy paper!

  • Session 1: Introduction to Health Policy and Policy Making
  • Session 2: Digital Transformation in Healthcare: Opportunities, Challenges and Implementation in the Medical Curriculum
  • Session 3: Big Data – Small Disasters
  • Session 1: Closing the gap: From Introduction to Implementation
  • Session 2: Applying eHealth Technologies: Medical Education & Ethical Aspects of Digital Health
  • Session 3: eHealth and Universal Health Coverage
Past EHP 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)



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

Inspired by EMSA’s European Health Policy pillar? Interested in what possibilities EMSA has to offer? Send an email to policy@emsa-europe.eu and get to know how you can contribute!

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EMSAhealthpolicy/