HNE-33306 Public Health Nutrition: Development of Nutrition Intervention Programmes


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work6
Course coordinator(s)MSc M Looman
Lecturer(s)TH Rooijackers
MSc KEF Leenaars
EJI van Dongen
M L'Hoir
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. EJM Feskens

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

HNE-20306 Nutrition Behaviour; MCB-10806 Social Psychology; HNE-31006 Study designs and interpretation in epidemiology and public health; HNE-33806 Public Health Practice.


The courses Public Health Nutrition and Public Health Practice are the core-courses for future public health nutritionists aiming at a career in the public and private sector in developing and developed countries (western and non-western). In the course Public Health Nutrition students learn how to systematically develop and implement nutrition intervention programmes using the Intervention Mapping (IM) approach.
Intervention programmes promote health by directing individuals' behaviour and influencing their social and physical environment. Students learn to identify the causal relationship between nutrition behaviour and behavioural and environmental determinants. Accordingly, students learn how to develop an intervention programme by formulating programme objectives, selecting intervention methods and strategies, and planning for programme use. In the course, illustrations of organisations working in the field of public health nutrition are presented, including the GGD (Municipal Health Centre), RIVM (Dutch Institute for Health and Environment), and health promotion organisations in the Netherlands.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
1. Systematically plan a nutrition programme using the Intervention Mapping approach including the following steps:
a. analyse a health problem and analyse the context;
b. formulate programme objectives;
c. select theoretical methods and practical strategies;
d. compose an intervention plan including a mix of appropriate interventions, and;
e. design an adoption and implementation plan.
2. use behaviour- and environment-oriented theories in the Intervention Mapping steps;
3. use relevant literature and other evidence in nutrition intervention planning;
4. detect a socio-ecological approach in nutrition interventions;
5. show the need for involvement of all relevant stakeholders in nutrition intervention planning;
6. demonstrate that applying Intervention Mapping in practice is an iterative process.


Students will apply the theory about intervention planning derived through lectures, knowledge clips and readings, in a group assignment. A fully completed workbook is the final deliverable of the assignment. The course includes 10 plenary lectures of 2 hours, 2 plenary workshops of 2 hours, and a plenary presentation of the group assignment. Students are expected to work in groups for 8-12 hours a week of which one hour is guided by a tutor.


- final exam: written exam (50%);
- group assignment report (50%);
Both components need a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Course reader including literature will be available at the WUR-shop, Forum.
The course is supported by a digital Blackboard learning environment
Bartholomew Eldredge, L. K. B., Markham, C. M., Kok, G., Ruiter, R. A., and Parcel, G. S. (2016). Planning health promotion programs: an intervention mapping approach. John Wiley & Sons.

Restricted Optional for: MNHNutrition and HealthMScB: Nutritional Physiology and Health Status6AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Epidemiology and Public Health6AF
MNHNutrition and HealthMScC: Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology6AF