Only open to master’s students in Psychology with specialisation Occupational Health Psychology.
This course focuses on interventions to promote employee health and well-being. Attention is given to health promotion programs (e.g., life style interventions), as well as organisational interventions (e.g., job 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, implementation, and evaluation of an intervention program. The sessions combine lectures with in-class assignments. The topics addressed are elaborated upon in individual homework assignments. Parallel to this, students 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.
Upon completion of this course, students will:
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; and
Be able to make a global design for a work site intervention program applying scientific knowledge with regard to effective interventions.
For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration
Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams
Mode of instruction
9 sessions of 3 hours, integrated lecture – work group (in class assignments)
Subgroup meetings (unsupervised)
Full attendance is mandatory.
The final grade is based on:
Subgroup assignment (50%)
Individual assignments (40%)
Attendance and active participation (10%)
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.
Leka, S. & Houdmont, J. (Eds.)(2010) 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.
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.
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.
Members of Labyrint, the Study Association in Psychology, can purchase books with a discount from the Labyrint webshop.
Dr. Margot van der Doef