HSO-30306 Health Policy and Action


Credits 6.00

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

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

HSO-20306 Environmental Assets for Health and HSO-20806 Health Psychology.

Continuation courses:

Bachelor thesis BGM.


Two themes are central during this course. Firstly, the interaction between health policies and the organization of health systems and secondly, the process of coordinated action through which health policies are implemented.
- Ad.1. We view upon the influence of global, national and local health policies on the organisation of public health systems. For instance, policies of the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Union (EU) influence the organization of health systems on the national level. Likewise, national health policies determine local health policy and thereby local health systems. Decision making during the development of health policies, depends on the involved actors who set priorities and on the context in which the policy-making takes place.
- Ad 2. The functioning of organisations and actors within the health field is strongly related to health policies. Public health and society professionals have an important role in order to promote and protect health. They collaborate with policy-makers and with professionals within the health care sector, professionals of other sectors and communities.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand how social, cultural, economic, demographic and political factors influence policy-making processes in health and coordinated action in public health;
- understand policy-making processes in health at different levels;
- understand the importance of coordinated action within public health;
- understand and use the relevant theories about policy- making and coordinated action;
- apply tools for policy-making and for coordinated action for health;
- reflect on competencies, processes and contents.


- lectures;
- problem based learning;
- student presentations and class discussions;
- self-study;
- working on port-folio.


- written exam with open and multiple choice questions (40%);
- assignments (60%).
To pass a minimum of 5.50 for each of the components is required.


Literature will be provided through MyPortal.

Compulsory for: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc4WD