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Health and Health Behaviour


Admission requirements



In this course you will learn about the fundamentals of health psychology. We’ll dive into the role of behaviour, cognitions, emotions, and our environment. We will explore how they influence people’s health status and how these mechanisms work among people who are chronically ill or at risk for chronic illness. Throughout this course we will make you familiar with the building blocks of designing an intervention by addressing a health problem of a specific target group. In the final on campus week you will be guided through the steps of intervention mapping and design thinking by, amongst others, exploring the health problem by building a logic model, involving members of your target group (i.e. establishing cocreation), developing a prototype of your intervention, and making a plan for implementation. At the end of this course you will give a presentation and hand in a report on your intervention.

Course objectives

Concise description of the course objectives formulated in terms of knowledge, insight and skills students will have acquired at the end of the course. The relationship between these objectives and achievement levels for the programme should be evident. (max 150 words)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student:

  • can analyse and categorize determinants of health behaviour

  • can justify which determinants are suitable for intervention development

  • is able to assess and deploy self-management and coping strategies in risk populations

  • can tailor health promotion and disease prevention strategies to needs of specific risk/target groups

  • can compare health behaviour interventions for a specific risk/target group and reflect on strengths and weaknesses

  • is able to create an intervention that fits the needs and skills of a target population


The timetable is published on the LUMC schedulewebsite or can be found via the LUMC scheduling app.

Mode of instruction

  • Online education

  • Group work

  • Lectures

Assessment method

Students are assessed according to the following three obligatory components:

Week 1-2 – Online:
20% Peer review assessment

Week 3 – On Campus:
30% Group presentation

Week 4 – Final week:
50% Final assignment
All components combined make up the grade for the course. It is compulsory to participate in each of the components in order to receive a grade.
Details on the assessment can be found in the assessment plan on Brightspace.
A minimum result of 5,5 for the overall assessment is required to pass.
If the result is less than 5,5 or if the student didn’t participate in one of the components, the student is given the opportunity to resit the assessment as one assignment that covers all the learning goals of the course.

Reading list

The reading list can be found on Brightspace. The material consists of presentations and pdf files. There is no need to purchase literature, as the presented material is not commercialized.


Registration must be completed via MyStudyMap. Registration in MyStudyMap gives you automatic access to the course in Brightspace. For more information, please visit the Leiden University website for students.


Marieke Adriaanse


This course is a combination of online education and on campus education at Leiden University Campus The Hague.