Global Health Interventions

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Doel vak

1. The student can distinguish between health interventions and classify
these according to primary, secondary and tertiary type interventions
2. The student can describe the characteristics, and give examples of
successful health interventions
3. The student can mention five study designs for measuring the effect
of health interventions
4. The student can summarise the main issues in the fields of infectious
diseases and non-communicable diseases and critically review the
literature on these two topics
5. The student can design a health intervention strategy on the basis of
a case study
6. The student can design a framework for monitoring and evaluating a
health interventions on the basis of a case study
7. The student can select relevant research methods for evaluating
health interventions from an inter- (and trans)disciplinary perspective
8. The student can defend the health intervention strategy and framework
for monitoring and evaluating its effects verbally and in written form

Inhoud vak

In this course, attention is paid to the relationship between the
analysis of complex health problems and the design, implementation and
evaluation of intervention strategies for specific health problems.

Complex health problems manifest on different, interrelated levels:
molecular, cellular, organism, population, societal and global. The
effect of global health
interventions on different individual-, group- and societal levels is
assessed from different perspectives (clinical, economic,
socio-cultural), whereby
students acquire insight into how such perspectives
play a central part in the design, implementation and feasibility of
interventions in in different contexts. Research techniques,
including using inter- (and trans)disciplinary approaches, as well as
methods of evaluation are taught and exercised.

In the research component of the course, students work in groups to
design a case-based intervention strategy to prevent the transmission of
HIV from mother to child OR prevent peri-natal depression (linked to the
assignment in Research Methods course) as well as a framework for
monitoring and evaluating this strategy. Each group receives feedback on
versions of their draft reports during the supervised workgroups. At the
end of the course, students present their assignment to a panel of
global health experts and their intervention and evaluation reports will
be critically


Lectures, working groups, problem-based learning, self-study


Written exam (50%), intervention report (group assignment) (30%) and a
presentation of the assignment (20%), functioning within a group
(pass/fail). All parts have to be concluded
with a grade of 5.5 or higher


Reading materials for this course include several chapters from the book
on Global Health by Merson et al (2012), selected articles and handouts
during the course. An online reader will be made available on Canvas
which indicates the required reading for each lecture.


First-year students MSc Global Health; compulsory course. Only open to
students of the Research Masters Global Health

Overige informatie

Dr. Teun Zuiderent-Jerak
and guest lecturers

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AM_1176
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 500
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. T. Zuiderent-Jerak
Examinator dr. T. Zuiderent-Jerak

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