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 (2013-2014:
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.) 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.
Engbers, L.H., van Poppel, M.N.M., Chin A Paw, M.J.M., & van Mechelen, W. (2005). Worksite Health Promotion Programs with Environmental Changes._ American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 29(1),_ 61-70.
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.
Nytro, K., Saskvik, P.O., Mikkelsen, A., Bohle, P., & Quinlan, M. (2000). An appraisal of key factors in the implementation of occupational stress interventions. Work & Stress, 14, 213-225.
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.
Schaufeli, W.B. & Kompier, M.A.J. (2001). Managing Job stress in the Netherlands. _International Journal of Stress Management, 8, _15-34.
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.
Students need to enrol for the course via uSis on the master’s introduction and course enrolment day that takes place at the start of each semester. Please, consult the master’s agenda Psychology.
Dr. M. van der Doef
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3987