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Project Case I


Admission requirements

The project case runs in parallel with the courses of the first semester.


In this project case the practical guide of a PHM approach will be applied to a group of complex patients, known as hotspotters. The students will apply the various aspects successively, aligned with the courses taught in those weeks. In the first four weeks (during the course Fundamentals), the essentials of PHM will be applied, the next four weeks (during the course Study Design), a study design will be created and a first data analysis will be performed. During the third four weeks (during the course Health and Health Behaviour), the health status and health behaviour of the hot spotters is analyzed using qualitative research methods. In the fourth four weeks students are integrating different data aspects that are taught in the course 'Responsible data analysis' into their project. In the last four weeks (during the course 'Governance') students are challenged to describe the network stake holders and their interests.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student:

  • can apply the principals of PHM to a real life case

  • understands the contribution and interrelatedness of the various disciplines to PHM

  • demonstrates the ability to work together in a project case


All course and group schedules are published on MyTimeTable.

The exam dates have been determined by the Education Board and are published in MyTimeTable.
It will be announced in MyTimeTable and/or Brightspace when and how the post-exam feedback will be organized.

Mode of instruction

Group work.

Assessment method

The group assignment consists of both an oral presentation and a written assignment.

The final grade for the course is established by (i) a written assignment combined with (ii) an oral presentation (iii) and a feedback on the group process.

A final grade of 6,0 minimum is considered sufficient. If the result is less than 6,0 or if the student did not participate in one of the components, the student is given the opportunity to retake the assessment as one assignment that covers all the learning goals of the course.
Final grades between 5,0 and 6,0 will be rounded:

  • 5,0-5,4 → 5,0

  • 5,5-6,0 → 6,0

Reading list

The reading list can be found on Brightspace. The material consists of scientific articles. 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.


The course coordinator of the course in the first semester, is Martijn Sijbom -
The course coordinator of the course in the second semester, is Shelley-Ann Girwar -


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