Master students MSc Psychology specialisation 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 psychosocial job conditions / 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.
- have an up-to-date view on work site health promotion programs
- be acquainted with some methods to assess psychosocial job conditions / occupational risks and health/well-being 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 work site health promotion
- have ideas for organizational interventions and lifestyle interventions to improve employee health and well-being
- know how to evaluate an intervention in the worksetting
- be able to make a global design for a work site intervention program applying scientific knowledge with regard to effective interventions
Interventions in Occupational Health (2014-2015):
- Workgroups: T.b.a.
Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration
Mode of instruction
- Lectures and work group meetings
- Subgroup meetings (unsupervised)
Full attendance is mandatory.
The assessment is based on: - Subgroup assignment (50%)
- Individual assignments (40%)
- Attendance and active participation (10%)
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Information on blackboard.leidenuniv.nl
- Leka, S. & Houdmont, J. (Eds.)(2010) Occupational Health Psychology. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. (note: this book will also be used in the course ’Work & Stress’)
Further readings will be announced via Blackboard. Exemplary literature includes:
- Allegrante, J, & Sloan, R. (1986). Ethical dilemmas in workplace health promotion. _Preventive Medicine, 15(3), _313-320.
- Carnethon, M., Whitsel, L.P., Franklin, B.A. et al. (2009). Worksite wellness programs for cardiovascular disease prevention. A policy statement from the American Health Association. _Circulation, 120, _1725-1741.
- DeJoy, D, Wilson, M, Vandenberg, R, et al. (2010). Assessing the impact of healthy work organization intervention. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 83(1), 139-165.
- Maes, S. & van der Doef, M. (2004). Worksite Health Promotion. In A. Kaptein and J. Weinman (eds), Health Psychology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers (pp. 358-383).
- Nielsen, K, Randall, R, Holten, A, et al. (2010). Conducting organizational-level occupational health interventions: What works?. _Work and Stress, 24(3), _234-259.
- NIOSH (2008). Essential elements of effective workplace programs and policies for improving worker health and wellbeing. WorkLife, October 2008.
- Robroek, S, van Lenthe, F, van Empelen, P, & Burdorf, A. (2009). Determinants of participation in worksite health promotion programmes: A systematic review. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 6(1), 26.
- Stein, A.D., Shakour, S.K., & Zuidema, R.A. (2000). Financial incentives, participation in employer-sponsored health promotion, and changes in employee health and productivity: HealthPlus Health Quotient Program. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 42, 1148-1155.
Dr. M. van der Doef
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3987