HSO-20306 Environmental Assets for Health


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work2
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. MPM Bekker
Lecturer(s)C Verbaan
dr. ir. HW Vaandrager
dr. MPM Bekker
Examiner(s)dr. MPM Bekker

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

HSO-10806 Introduction to Health and Society and/or HSO-10306 Global Health. For students from another educational background, additional readings are available.

Continuation courses:

HSO-30306 Health Policy and Action; HSO-30806 Settings for Health Promotion


In this course we will look at environmental determinants of health at different levels of the built environment. We will discuss home-, neighbourhood-, city- and regional environments and the role they play regarding people' s health. Students will conduct their own local-level research to assess how physical determinants affect health in a neighbourhood environment. The central questions in this course are: what environmental determinants for health are present at different environmental levels, how do these determinants influence health under the dynamic influence of climate change, and what are possibilities from the perspective of a health promotor to take health into account in urban or spatial construction design.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- distinguish different perspectives on promoting health and describe how the use of a certain perspective influences the formulation and research of and solutions to health issues;
- understand physical and social determinants of health and can describe how these determinants affect human health;
- collect and analyse data from different sources such as GIS, on how the interaction between different environmental and social determinants affect health;
- translate data on the environmental determinants of health to spatial design suggestions for urban and rural settings;
- apply the above in a scientifically substantiated advisory report for the design of a 'healthy' built environment.


- lectures;
- tutorials;
- practice research for advisory report;
- two GIS practicals.


The course is assessed by a written examination with open and multiple choice questions, based on all literature and lectures. An advisory report is written based on practice research using GIS. In the tutorials small assignments have to be made during class, for which students have to receive a 'pass'.
The weighting of grades is as follows:
Practice assignment: 50%;
Written exam: 50%;
Tutorial assignments: pass/fail.


A reader with scientific literature will be made available in Brightspace and/or in the WUR-shop.

Verplicht voor: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc2MO
Verplicht voor: WUCHSBSc Minor Communication, Health and Society2MO