HNE-31403 Public Health Intervention Planning (DL)


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper
Independent study
Distance Knowledge clip
Distance Tutorial
Distance group work
Course coordinator(s)MSc M Looman
Lecturer(s)TH Rooijackers
prof. dr. EWML de Vet
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. EJM Feskens

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

DL course ' Epidemiology and Public Health Policies'

Continuation courses:

The DL-MSc-specializations have a fixed schedule during the pilot-phase


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual. See Academic Year.( -> Registration for Courses.
Note: The period mentioned below is the period in which this course starts. For the exact academic weeks see the courseplanning on

This course supports future public health nutritionists aiming at a career in the public and private sector. In the course students learn how to systematically develop and implement nutrition intervention programmes using the Intervention Mapping (IM) approach.
Intervention programmes promote health by directing individuals' eating behaviour and influencing their social and physical environment. Students learn to identify the determinants of a health problem in terms of nutritional and functional status, nutrition behaviour, environmental factors, behavioural determinants and environmental determinants. Accordingly, students learn how to develop an intervention programme by formulating programme objectives, select intervention methods and strategies, and plan for adoption, implementation and sustainability.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain step by step how to systematically plan a nutrition programme using the Intervention Mapping approach including the following steps: (level 2)
- analyse a health problem and analyse the context;
- formulate programme objectives;
- select theoretical methods and practical strategies;
- compose an intervention plan including a mix of appropriate interventions, and e. - design an adoption and implementation plan. - use behaviour- and environment-oriented theories in nutrition intervention planning (level 3);
- describe how to apply relevant literature and other evidence in nutrition intervention planning (level 2);
- detect a socio-ecological approach in nutrition interventions (level 4);
- explain the need for involvement of all relevant stakeholders in nutrition intervention planning (level 2).


Knowledge clips, self-study, online group discussions, individual assignments, and group assignment.


- final exam: remote proctored written exam with closed questions (80%);
- group assignment 'Instruction about theoretical method' (20%);
Both components need a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Bartholomew, L. K., Parcel, G. S., Kok, G., Gottlieb, N. H., & Fernández, M. E. (2011). Planning health promotion programs: An Intervention Mapping approach (3rd ed.). San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass.

Compulsory for: MNHNutrition and HealthMScE: Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health4DL