This landmark publication underscores Maastricht University’s commitment to advancing open science and ensuring open learning resources for students, educators, and anyone interested in the dynamic public health and policymaking fields.

Hans Maarse

The author, Professor Maarse, drawing upon his wealth of experience and expertise, has curated this textbook as a valuable educational asset.

The book results from many years of teaching health policy analysis or the analysis of and for health policymaking. Additionally, this year’s cohort of students following the Public Health Policy Making course at University College Venlo will use this book.

Professor Maarse has shared his thoughts on the book’s purpose:

Comprehending the nuances of health policymaking is imperative for effectively preserving and advancing public health. My book, ‘Health Policy Analysis,’ has been meticulously crafted to serve as an invaluable resource for students passionate about public health. It embarks on a comprehensive exploration of health policy and the intricacies of policymaking, offering a unique political science perspective. Inside its pages, readers will encounter a detailed health policy analysis, delving into normative choices, information dissemination, institutional beliefs, and the conflicts in our pluralistic society.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Maastricht University Press for their unwavering support in making this textbook accessible to students as an open-access resource. I sincerely hope this book’s widespread availability will significantly contribute to disseminating knowledge in the health policy and policymaking domain.

Moreover, I could not have written this book without the enthusiastic input of all the students I have met in my courses at Maastricht University. It is to them I dedicate this book.


Maastricht University Press

As a Diamond Open Access publisher, Maastricht University Press is dedicated to the principles of Open Education. This entails publications free of charge for both authors and readers.

Furthermore, the Press provides invaluable guidance and support throughout publishing, ensuring all materials meet exacting quality standards. Each publication is presented in digital formats (HTML, epub, Mobi, pdf, XML) and includes an affordable print-on-demand option from our website and various online book vendors.

By supporting open textbooks and advocating for the publication of educational materials in open formats, Maastricht University Press aims to play a pivotal role in the open education movement.

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Health Policy Analysis – An Introduction

The book is directly found via its DOI 10.26481/mup.2303 and our website. The book is available as PDF, Flipbook, and in multiple online and download formats.

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