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Population Health Management and Health Behaviour Change


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA Urban Studies programme.


This elective runs parallel to the lectures of the course ‘the healthy city’ in which you will become acquainted with several challenges to living a healthy life in the city. You will learn about specific risks that cluster within city populations in Western countries, comprising health issues among non-Western migrants and inhabitants with a low socio-economic status, mental health problems, multimorbidity among elderly residents, and unhealthy life style habits.

The elective elaborates on these challenges by offering a practical approach. We will make you familiar with the building blocks of designing an intervention or innovation by addressing a specific urban challenge or risk group that you would like to explore within a subgroup of fellow students. You will be guided through the steps of innovation and design thinking by amongst others, exploring your challenge by building a logic model, involving members of your urban target group (i.e. establishing cocreation), developing a prototype of your innovation, and making a plan for implementation. At the end of this elective you will deliver a report and a pitch about your innovation or intervention.

This is the Healthy City Thematic Elective.

Course objectives

General learning outcomes

See tab Additional information for the overview of the programme's general learning outcomes. In the assessment methods below is outlined which general learning outcome will be tested through which method.

Course objectives, pertaining to this course

The student

  • can identify challenges that are associated with living a healthy life in the city, including scientific knowledge about prevalence, consequences, risk and resilience factors.

  • can describe underlying mechanisms of risk and resilience factors in urban communities.

  • is able to explain the process of developing, implementing and evaluating innovations or interventions for vulnerable populations in the city and can describe how the perspective of the target group should be taken into account.

  • is able to apply the knowledge regarding intervention development to find a solution for a specific challenge towards living a healthy life in the city.


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Mode of instruction

  • Tutorial (compulsory attendance)
    This means that students have to attend every tutorial session of the course. If a student is unable to attend a tutorial or lecture, they should inform the lecturer in advance, providing a valid reason for absence. In consultation with the lecturer, and only in case of valid reasons, a maximum of 3 out of the 12 tutorial sessions may be missed without being excluded from the course.

Assessment method


  • Pitch
    -measured programme's general learning outcomes: 14-15, 19-21 -measured course specific objectives: 4

  • Paper
    -measured programme's general learning outcomes: 1, 4-6, 8-11, 13-21, 23-26
    -measured course specific objectives: 1-4


Partial grade Weighing
Final paper 80%
Video pitch 20%

End grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note of the following:

  • The end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the final paper and the pitch.

  • Please note that if the final paper is lower than 5.50, you will not pass the course, regardless of the grade for the other assessment components.


Students who have been active participants in class and submitted the final paper on time, but scored an overall insuffient mark, are entitled to a resit. For the resit, the students are given a chance to hand in a new version of the final paper. The deadline for resubmission is to be consulted with the lecturer.

Faculty regulations concerning participation in resits are listed in article 4.1 of the Faculty Course and Examination Regulations.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.

Reading list

Literature will be announced on Brightspace.


Registration occurs via survey only. Registration opens 14 December:

  1. On 14 December you will receive a message with a link to the survey.
  2. Indicate there which Thematic Elective (Biodiversity in the City or Population Health Management and Health Behaviour Change) has your preference, and your reasons for this preference.
  3. Based on preferences indicated by 30 December the Coordinator of Studies will assign you to a specific Thematic Elective by 20 January.
  4. Students will then be enrolled for the specific groups by the Administration Office.
  5. All students are required to enroll for their group in Brightspace to access all course information.
  6. Students cannot register in uSis for the Thematic Elective, or be allowed into a Thematic Elective in any other way.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr. S. van Dijk


Passing this course is an entry requirement for the thesis.