HSO-20306 Environmental Assets for Health


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work3
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)ir. CQ Wentink
dr. ir. MAE Wagemakers
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MAE Wagemakers
ir. CQ Wentink
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MAE Wagemakers

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Continuation courses:

HSO-30306 Health Policy and Action.


This course starts from the basic principles of Health Promotion and elaborates on different perspectives that underlie research in health and society. The topics addressed include Health Promotion Principles, Salutogenesis, Ecological Health approach and Life Course perspective. The perspective that you take as a starting point affects the issues you identify, the way you set up research and the solutions that you find.
In this course we will look at environmental determinants of health in different levels of the built environment. We will look at home-, neighbourhood-, city- and regional environments and the role they play regarding people's health. Students will conduct their own local-level research to assess how social and physical determinants affect health in a neighbourhood environment. The central questions in this course are: what environmental determinants for health are present at different environmental levels, how do these determinants influence health, and what are possibilities from the perspective of a health promotor to take health into account when designing an environment.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to:
- be able to distinguish different perspectives on promoting health and describe how the use of a certain perspective influences the formulation and research of and solutions to health issues;
- be able to apply different perspectives on promoting health in the analysis of issues around environmental risks and assets for health;
- have knowledge of physical and social determinants of health and can describe how these determinants affect human health;
- be able to analyse, using audit tools, which social and physical determinants play a role in local level environments and be able to reason how (the interaction between) these determinants (can) affect human health.


- lectures;
- working groups;
- group assignments.


- written exam with open and multiple choice questions (50%);
- two group assignments (20% and 30% respectively).
All components require a 5.50 minimum to pass the course.


A reader will be made available in the WUR-shop

Compulsory for: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc2MO
Compulsory for: WUHESBSc Minor Health and Society6MO
WUCHSBSc Minor Communication, Health and Society2MO