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Gwendolijn Boonekamp, Gertrude Kuyenhoven, John Visser

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During this exchange course Global Health, you will prepare and develop a community-based health (prevention) project. The first 10 weeks you study and prepare your project at the HAN, the last 10 weeks you will work at this project abroad.

In this Minor you will work in an inter-professional and international team on a project anywhere in the world. That is why this course is suitable for students in different fields, like Social Work, Sport Studies, Creative Therapy, Psychology, Health Studies and Nursing. The professors of Sport Studies, Nursing and Social Studies in this course are actually working in a multidisciplinary team themselves. On top of that, we welcome International students.

Social and creative aspects are key in this inter-professional course. We also work with intercultural communication and specific skills you need, like ‘How to organize a project’. You will learn to research a (community) health problem, and how to work at this. Think about a health promotion intervention, or an innovative health project.

Due to COVID 19, we follow the guidelines of the RIVM, and offer only internships in countries with code yellow. Also, we have extra internships in Europe.

Examples of projects are:

Follow the latest news on projects on: http://hanhealth.nl/

The study program includes theory and methods, practical and creative skills, reflective learning, group work and intercultural communication. The course is divided into two modules, module 1 in The Netherlands, and module 2 abroad, on site.

Module 1: Preparatory Project Development

  • Defining health (in cultural perspective)
  • Intercultural communication
  • Using creativity in health promotion
  • Health risks, health indicators, health inequality, health determinants, health behavior
  • Health research, epidemiology in public health
  • Working in an inter-professional international team
  • Literature search and quantitative, qualitative and participatory research
  • Additional English lessons focused on this minor

    Module 2: Developing a community-based health promotion intervention
  • Health promotion & Intervention development
  • Intercultural skills
  • Behavior change
  • Writing skills
  • Community participation and empowerment
  • Project management, organizational skills
  • Presentation techniques 
  • A 10-week work placement or internship in a foreign country is an integral part of this minor. It is also possible to conduct a 10-week internship in the Netherlands. In that case, it has to be in an intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. This minor is a block exchange course. This means it’s only offered once a year, in semester 1.

    A 10-week work placement or internship in a foreign country is an integral part of this minor. It is also possible to conduct a 10-week internship in the Netherlands. In that case, it has to be in an intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. This minor is a block exchange course. This means it’s only offered once a year, in semester 1.

Learning outcomes

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

The overall aim of the minor Global Health is to gain insight in the field of international public health (mental and physical), 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 behavioral 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 (for example during a presentation)
  • Can apply creativity in an effective manner

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


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

Module 1 Preperatory Project Development

  1. Individual presentation and student lecture
  2. Individual knowledge-based test
  3. Presentation on projectplan

    Module 2 Developing a community based health promotion intervention
    Individual portfolio based on:
  1. Event with team presentations on the project
  2. Projectreport on community-based promoting intervention (team)
  3. Individual reflection on development, process and products

In the first 9 weeks you will go to classes three days a week at HAN in Nijmegen. Next to these classes you start working in your international, inter-professional team on a field project. Through Skype, you will already be in contact with your project placement. In addition, you have to prepare and study individually. The theoretical exams are divided in two parts: the first part in week 5, the second in week 9. In week 20 you will present your project at the HAN, in an event style setting. After that, the final portfolio interviews will be planned, to wrap up your project work and development and the minor as a whole.

Working methods

  • Lectures, including discussions
  • Educational group: theory & skills
  • Student lectures
  • Workshops about creativity and how to use that
  • Group work (tutored and without tutor)
  • Reflective learning/team coaching
  • Intercultural training

-Nunez,C.,Nunez,M.R., Popma,L., (2017). Intercultural Sensitivity: From denial to intercultural competence. Assen: Royal van Gorcum.

-Koelen,M.A., Van Den Ban,A.W., (2004). Health education and health promotion. Wageningen: Academic Publishers.

-Visser,J.,(2019). Effective Working with Groups. Katwijk: Panta Rhei.

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