HSO-20306 Physical and Social Determinants of Health

Code last year: (SCH-21806)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
One day excursion8
Individual Paper1
Problem-based learning4
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MAE Wagemakers
dr. KT Verkooijen
dr. ir. LI Bouwman
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MAE Wagemakers

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

HSO-30306 Health Policy and Action


This course addresses the macro-level determinants of health related issues, i.e. impact of the physical and social environment of health and health perception. The course will illustrate how health is related to a diversity of interrelated physical and social determinants like globalisation, housing, neighbourhood, social networks, migration, work, education, nature and recreation.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course unit the student is expected to be able to:
- understand and distinguish the diversity of physical and social determinants at the global, the national, the regional and local level;
- analyse the interactions between lifestyle determinants and physical and social determinants;
- analyse problems related to the physical and social environment and formulate relevant solutions;
- analyse and judge policy to improve the physical and social environment for health.


Lectures, working groups, presentations and class discussions, excursions, portfolio.


Written examination plus evaluation of assignments.


A reader with the obligatory literature will be available.

Compulsory for: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc6MO
Compulsory for: WUHESBSc Minor Health and Society6MO