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Diploma programme

Pharmaceutical healthcare in hospitals needs leaders who show the way for the profession with vision, boldness and vigour. The Diploma Programme in Pharmacy Leadership is designed to help pharmacists become leaders so that hospital pharmacies can support the work of other departments and contribute to the performance of the institution as a whole, while upholding the standards of the profession.

The programme is developed by Rotterdam School of Management - Erasmus University and GPP Support for hospital and outpatient pharmacists.

The programme’s eight two-day modules are dedicated to qualities of pharmacy leadership such as engagement and motivation of team members, leadership in partnering, and innovation leadership. During the highly engaging sessions, you will learn inspiring and expert insights from RSM’s world-class faculty members. You will develop a business improvement plan to apply these insights directly to your work, your team, and your department.

Key benefits

During the programme, you will learn how to:

  • balance operational demand, capacity and quality in a high-pressure environment
  • recognise and develop innovative business models
  • empower your team to be prepared for short-term and long-term demands
  • understand business finance so you can address financial topics at director level
  • shape long-lasting partnerships and beneficial close contacts
  • operate the pharmacy so it efficiently complements the therapeutic activities of other departments
  • implement your strategy smoothly and efficiently


Each of the eight two-day modules is dedicated to an aspect of managing hospital pharmacies; from leadership and team motivation to managing chains of supply and demand. Participants will prepare a business improvement plan which benefits the pharmacy and the hospital. Coaching is provided throughout the programme.

Launch (can be followed online)

Project workshop (1 day)

Module 1 - Introduction to leadership (2 days)

Module 2 - Financial leadership (2 days)

Module 3 - Innovation leadership (2 days)

Module 4 - Process leadership (2 days)

Module 5 - Human resource leadership (2 days)

Module 6 - Patient orientation leadership (2 days)

Module 7 - Strategic leadership (2 days)

Module 8 - Partnering leadership (2 days)

Defense and Closing (1 day)

The Diploma Programme in Pharmacy Leadership is aimed at:

  • pharmacists in managing positions at hospital and outpatient pharmacies within a hospital environment
  • department managers within hospitals, or
  • those who are about to take on such responsibilities.

This includes hospital pharmacists, directors of pharmacies, department managers and others working in healthcare in the delivery of pharmacy services.


Faculty members include Prof. Dirk van Dierendonck, expert on leadership and leadership development from RSM; Prof. Justin Jansen, RSM’s renowned expert on innovation leadership and has recently been named as one of the most influential scientific minds in the world by Thomson Reuters and Prof. Carina Hilders, iBMG’s expert on medical leadership and managing director of Reinier de Graaf Hospital.

Guest teachers include the hospital pharmacists: Mathieu Tjoeng and Hayo Graatsma.

More information is available on the RSM website under Open Programmes. [ ]