2 september 2024 t/m 2 februari 2025 -- open
Gertrude Kuyenhoven

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Gertrude Kuyvenhoven
E-mail: minorglobalhealth@han.nl

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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, Int. Business, Nursing etc. 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. During the whole period you will be coached to enhance personal and professional development.

Do you want to know what Global Health means? Then watch the following video for 2.5 minutes. Then you will immediately understand why this Minor is suitable for every field of study!

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, and even The Netherlands.

Examples of projects you can work on are a health promotion intervention or innovative health project. We have worked on different projects in several countries, such as:

  • Malawi: community development: mental health, children living with disabilities or street children.
  • Indonesia: positive health, mental health
  • Bonaire: empowerment at an afterschool program
  • Aruba: empowerment for teenagers in an afterschool program
  • Ecuador: talent school for sports
  • The Netherlands: creative projects with refugees
  • Bolivia: community projects
  • Portugal: empowerment and sports with children and teenagers
  • Greece: young refugees
  • Gambia: various community projects
    Check out our Public Teams Info Site for examples

    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

  • Intercultural communication
  • Using creativity in health promotion
  • Health risks, health indicators, health inequality, health determinants, health behavior
  • Participatory research
  • Sports in community development and project management
  • Working in an interprofessional in global context and handle out of the box challenges
  • Global development and health in cultural perspective
  • Additional English lessons focused on this minor

Module 2: Developing a community-based health promotion intervention

  • Health promotion & Intervention development
  • Intercultural skills
  • Behavior change
  • 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. 

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 offered twice a year, in semester 1 and 2.

Learning outcomes

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

The aim of the minor Global Health is to gain insight in the field of international public health (mental and physical), and design and participate in a community-based global health setting.

The overall learn purpose is to develop personal and professional


Applying public health methods

  • Can formulate, explore and study a public health problem
  • Can handle 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 and relate this process to scientific evidence and to community participation

General competences

  • Can collaborate in a interprofessional and intercultural context
  • Can demonstrate and apply sports and 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
  • Can handle out of the box challenges and global thinking
  • 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?
    Bachelor’s students with an interest in community work and health promotion (Nursing, Sports, Social Work, Allied Health Studies etc.) 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 Interprofessional team
    • Able to work individually and 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 Preparatory Project Development

  1. Presentation and student lecture (individual)
  2. Knowledge-based test (individual)
  3. Projectplan (team)

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

  4. Event with team presentations on the project (team)
  5. Vlogs/blogs and infographic on community-based project work and promoting intervention (team)
  6. Final interview (reflection on development, process and products) (individual)

In the first 8/9 weeks you will go to classes four days a week at HAN in Nijmegen; Monday-Thursday. 
In this Minor those classes are mandatory. The schedules change after the first two weeks. There are only two certainties:

  • On Fridays you do not have classes.
  • It is obligated to follow the classes. In this kind of International setting it just doesn’t work if students do not show up. If you miss classes, we cannot offer you a Project/Internship.

Next to these classes you start working in your international, inter-professional team on a field project. Through Teams, 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 3, the second in week 9/10.
In the last week of the Minor 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. (4th revised edition). Assen: Koninklijke van Gorcum.

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

Visser, J. (2020). Working Effectively with Groups: Practical tips for what you should and not should do with groups of all ages: Including games to stimulate group cohesion. Amsterdam: Boekenmaker.


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