CHL-23306 Health Issues in Daily Life; a Bèta-Gamma Approach


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work9
Excursion (one day)4
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. EWML de Vet
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MW den Besten
MSc APJ Groen
Examiner(s)prof. dr. EWML de Vet

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety or ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety


Understanding global and public health challenges, requires the ability to connect beta science insights (on the origins of emerging diseases) as well as social science insights (specifically the relation between human endeavor and health and the impact on everyday lives of citizens). This will form the core of the course. Through the study of contemporary health issues, students learn to integrate beta and gamma science insights and value the synergies that can be created from interdisciplinary approaches.
New emerging problems related to infectious disease problems (zoonosis, antimicrobial resistance, hygiene, corona, food safety) as well as to global non-communicable diseases (double burden of malnutrition, nutrition deficiencies, sustainable diets). Within the context of this course students will conduct a small field study involving both natural and social science measurements and techniques to assess a current health issues in daily life.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- Understand basic (beta science) information on the origins of contemporary health challenges;
- Explain how human endeavor plays in role in both the origins as well as the solution to the health problems studied;
- Explain the role of health challenges in everyday lives of citizens;
- Distinguish beta and gamma aspects of exposure;
- Analyze and appraise a research on global or one health in terms of beta and gamma aspects and their interaction.


- following lectures;
- work on research project with a group of fellow students.


- written exam with open questions (30%);
- report (70%).
The written exam needs a minimum mark of 5.5 and the report of 5.50 to pass.


A reader will be available in Brightspace at the start of the course.

Verplicht voor: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc5AF
Keuze voor: WUGOHBSc Minor Global one Health5AF