Health @ Work


Course Objective

1. Student applies knowledge on workplace factors, prevalence
statistics, theories and models (model workload, ICF model, healthy
worker effect) on work participation and health and explains the
organization and functioning of the occupational health care and social
insurance medicine, including legislation and social security issues.
2. Student designs and evaluates a simple worksite health promotion
intervention and is able to differentiate between the specific research
settings of occupational health, and the public health setting including
economic aspects.
3. Student debates about risk factors, intervention strategies and their
effectiveness, specifically with respect to worksite health promotion
and improving work participation of individuals with health problems.
4. Student differentiates between program and theory failure, and
designs a process evaluation to investigate the possibility of program
failure in an occupational health intervention study.
5. Student constructs a scientific question in the occupational health
field and reports on this in a systematic way.
6. Student applies the basic principles of project management in the
writing process of the written report.

Course Content

This course is part of the minor ‘Five big issues in health’. The course
focuses on the big issues in occupational health: It gives both insights
in workplace factors affecting health and tools for keeping chronically
ill patients working. Students will work focus on a specific
occupational group, map the most important risks for developing a
work-related disease, and design a worksite health intervention to
reduce those risks. The occupational group will be used as guidance to
gain insight into the models, theories, and methodological issues
specific for the work setting.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of lectures, tutorials, and group assignments. In
addition, students are required to study independently for 120 hours in
the 8-week period, summing up to a total time expenditure
of 160 hours.
Students are required to attend all tutorials.
Students are strongly advised to attend all lectures to enhance the
learning experience through interaction.

Number of contact hours with teacher
Lectures (H): 30 hours
Tutorials (W): 10 hours
Total: 40 hours

Method of Assessment

The final mark of the Health@Work course consists of:
• 60% individual exam (E)
• 40% written group report (V)
• Oral group presentation (this is a pass/ fail component of the
assessment and a necessary condition for getting your grade) (Pres)

The written report and the final exam will both be given a mark from 0
to 10. Compensation is not allowed. Both parts need to be at least 5.5.
If one of the parts is below 5.5, a re-examination of that part is
necessary. The oral presentation has to be passed by all group members.
If not, re-examination of the oral presentation part of the whole group
is necessary.


An online reader will be used, which will be available through Canvas.

Target Audience

The minor is open to students in Health Sciences, Health and Life
Sciences, Human Movement Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine and
Psychology from the VU University. Students from other universities
following similar education programs are also invited to participate.

Additional Information

This course is part of the minor Five Big Issues in Health. The number
of participants is limited to 60. Students following the whole minor are
given priority.

General Information

Course Code AB_1033
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. C.R.L. Boot
Examiner dr. C.R.L. Boot
Teaching Staff dr. C.R.L. Boot

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture