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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 a report about your innovation or intervention, and in addition a selection of the best ideas will be pitched to a panel of policymakers to convince them that they should adopt your innovation to enhance healthy living in the city.

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 describe concepts such as self-management, shared decision making and other multidisciplinary interventions to foster healthy living in the city.

  • 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 timetable is available on the Urban Studies website

Mode of instruction

  • Work group (compulsory attendance)
    This means that students have to attend every session of the course. If a student is unable to attend a workgroup, they should inform the lecturer in advance, providing a valid reason for absence. The teacher will determine if and how the missed session can be compensated by an additional assignment. If they are absent from a workgroup without a valid reason, they can be excluded from the final exam in the course.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC equals 28 hours), which equals 280 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending work groups: 24

  • Completing assignment(s), preparing for classes and exams: 256

  • Final paper:

Assessment method


  • Video pitch
    -measured programme's general learning outcomes: 14-15, 19-21 -measured course specific objectives: 5

  • Paper
    -measured programme's general learning outcomes: 1, 4-6, 8-11, 13-21, 23-26
    -measured course specific objectives: 1-5


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 video 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 and submitted the final paper on time, 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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Communication with students

  • Powerpoints of the lectures

Reading list

Literature will be announced on Blackboard.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr. S. van Beugen Dr. S. van Dijk