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Interventions in Occupational Health


Admission requirements

Master students MSc Occupational Health Psychology


This course will focus on interventions to promote health and well-being among employees. Attention is given to health promotion programs (e.g., life style interventions), as well as organisational interventions (e.g., work redesign). A stepwise approach is followed, starting from how to assess occupational risks, and health and well-being outcomes, to the development and implementation of an intervention program, and the evaluation of the effects.

The class sessions combine introductory lectures with in-class assignments. The topics addressed in these sessions are elaborated upon in individual homework assignments. Parallel to this, students will work autonomously in subgroups to develop an intervention program for a specific work setting. Case descriptions, based on actual situations in e.g. health care and manufacturing industry, are used as a starting point. At the end of the course each subgroup will present their intervention program (including a rationale, an outline, and evaluation plans) to the other students. The intervention programs will be compared and critically discussed.

Course objectives

Students will:

  • have an up-to-date view on worksite health promotion programs

  • be acquainted with some methods to assess occupational stressors and health in employees

  • be aware of the potential benefits / advantages of the worksite as a setting for health promotion, and of the ethical issues involved in worksite health promotion

  • have ideas for organizational interventions and lifestyle interventions to improve employee health and wellbeing

  • know how to evaluate an intervention in the worksetting

  • be able to make a global design for a worksite intervention program applying scientific knowledge with regard to effective interventions


Interventions in Occupational Health (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures and work group meetings

  • Subgroup meetings (unsupervised)

Assessment method

  • Subgroup assignment

  • Individual assignments

  • Attendance and active participation

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Reading list

A selection of chapters and articles


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Dr. M. van der Doef
Kamer 2B34
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3987