Personalised Health and Medicine


Course Objective

To gain knowledge on the latest research, implications and future
directions of personalised health and medicine research.

Course Content

Research has shown that an individual’s unique characteristics, genetic
profile and environmental factors, play a significant role in both
disease susceptibility and in the response to treatment.
Personalised medicine is a rapidly developing and growing field and aims
to predict more accurately an individual’s predisposition to developing
a disease, achieve better diagnoses, earlier (preventive) interventions,
and targeted and more efficient drug therapies (pharmacogenomics) and
customized treatment. More recently, attention is also given to more
personalised prevention of (health-related) behavior.
This course will focus on the current state of affairs, implications and
future prospects of personalised prevention and treatment related to
health behaviour (e.g. substance abuse) mental health (e.g. major
depressive disorder, ADHD) and physical health (e.g. diabetes, coronary
heart disease). Attention will be given to the use of polygenetic scores
in decision-making processes related to prevention and treatment, and
the role of interplay of genes and the environment (e.g. life events,
stress, lifestyle). In addition, methodology to gain more insights into
personalised programs as well as ethical aspects will be discussed.

Teaching Methods

Tuition consists of lectures, homework assignments, participation in
workgroups involving discussions, presentations and group assignments.

Method of Assessment

The final grade will be determined by the homework assignments (40%),
essay (40%) and presentation (20%).


Scientific articles and book chapters, to be announced via Canvas prior
to the course. Additional reading material will be provided throughout
the course.

General Information

Course Code P_MPHMED
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. L.E.J. de Zeeuw
Examiner prof. dr. M. Bartels
Teaching Staff dr. L.E.J. de Zeeuw
prof. dr. M. Bartels

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
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