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During the exchange course International Public Health at HAN in Nijmegen, you will research and develop a community-based health prevention intervention.

You will work in an international and interprofessional student team. Social and creative aspects as well as intercultural communication and organisational skills are key aspects of this interprofessional course. You will learn to research a community health problem and develop a health promotion intervention or innovative health project. This may relate to obese kids, migrants, alcohol and youngsters, or the vulnerable elderly, for example.

The study programme includes web-based learning, theory and methods, skills, reflective learning, groupwork and social activities. The course is divided into two modules, Health research and analysis and Developing a community-based health promotion intervention.

Module 1: Health research and analysis

  • Defining health (in cultural perspective)
  • Intercultural communication
  • Health risks, health indicators, health inequality, health determinants
  • Health behaviour
  • Health research, epidemiology in public health
  • Working in a interprofessional team
  • Literature search and quantitative, qualitative and participatory research

Module 2: Developing a community-based health promotion intervention

  • Health promotion
  • Intervention development
  • Behaviour change
  • Writing skills
  • Community participation and empowerment
  • Project management, organisational skills
  • Presentation techniques

Type of minor (exchange course)

This minor is a block exchange course, This exchange course is offered once or twice a year in a block during a semester.

This also is a differentiation exchange course. This means it enables you to develop your professional competences in a different/broader context.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes listed below will help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals.

The overall aim of the International Public Health course is to gain insight in the field of international public health and design a community-based intervention in an international project team. 


Applying public health methods

  • Can formulate, explore and study a public health problem
  • Can handle quantitative, qualitative and participatory research methods
  • Can effectively plan an evidence-based intervention using a theoretical basis and a variety of sources
  • Can apply behavioural change techniques
  • Can relate this process to scientific evidence and to community participation
  • Can write a structured paper on community-based intervention.

General competences

  • Can collaborate in a multidisciplinary and intercultural context
  • Can demonstrate and apply project management skills
  • Can reflect on one’s own behavior, performance and products
  • Can present effectively (e.g. during a presentation)


An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your study and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

For whom?
Bachelors students with an interest in community work and health promotion (Nursing, Sports and Exercise, Social Work, Allied Health Studies) in their third or fourth year. Suited to both Dutch and international students.

Admission requirements

  • Completed work placement(s) in own field
  • A good level of English (spoken and written)
  • Willing to work in an international and multidisciplinary team
  • Able to work individually
  • Able to manage one’s own learning process
  • A positive admission appraisal by the exchange course teaching staff

Nice to know
For Dutch students we will organise English lessons in the first three weeks.


During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

Module 1 Health analysis

  1. Individual presentation on national home-based public health
  2. Individual knowledge-based test
  3. Presentation on health analysis

Module 2 Developing a community based health promotion intervention
Individual portfolio based on:

  1. Symposium with team presentations
  2. Paper on community-based promoting intervention (team)
  3. Reflection on development, process and products

The first three weeks (31/9 to 25/9 2015) of the course is web-based so can be taken anywhere. In the fourth week (21/9-25/9) you are expected to be in Nijmegen so you can get to know the other students and form teams.
In the weeks following you will go to classes three days a week mostly at HAN in Nijmegen. Next to the classes you will work in your international, interprofessional team on a field project. In addition, you have to prepare and study individually. Exams will be in week 11 (16/11-20/11). In week 19 (18/1 – 22/1) there will be a symposium and in week 20 (1/2-5/2 2016) the farewell party.

Working methods

  • Lectures
  • Educational group: theory
  • Educational group: skills
  • Responsive lectures
  • Group work (tutored and without tutor)
  • Reflective learning
  • Fieldwork
  • Social activities

Health education and health promotion, Maria A. Koelen and Anne W. van den Baan.

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