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Elective Healty City: 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 an individual innovation paper and a group-based video 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.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

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


  • Video pitch (group assignment)
    -measured programme's general learning outcomes: 14-15, 19-21 -measured course specific objectives: 4

  • Paper (individual assignment)
    -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, 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

Information about preparation for the workshops can be found in the syllabus of this course.


General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.

Registration Exchange

For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Student Affairs Office for BA Urban Studies.


This thematic elective will allow you to follow the Thesis and Thesis seminar: Healthy City, if you meet the other entry requirements for the thesis as well.

You may only sign up for one thematic and one methodological elective in each semester of the second year (via MyStudyMap). Only if there is place left, you can take up a second Thematic and/or Methodological elective. A week before the start of the semester, you will receive an email from the administration which will indicate if any spots are still available. If this is the case, you can enroll by replying to this message. If more students show interest in a second elective than the number of places available, students will be selected via a lottery.