Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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PGZ2025  - Public Health Policy: General Principles Applied to Local Settings

Period 5: from 8-4-2024 to 7-6-2024
Coordinator: Houkes, I.
ECTS credits: 10
Language of instruction: English

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Deadline publication timetable
The date on which the timetable of this module is available: 22-3-2024

Deadline publication final result
The date on which the final grade of this module is available: 23-6-2024

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All students who have not passed the test for this module in a previous academic year, will be booked automatically for the test during the regular block period. You will be enrolled in the new course in Canvas but not scheduled for a tutorial group and other educational activities. If you do not wish to participate in this test at the end of the regular block period please de-register via askFHML.

Resit date: 12-7-2024

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Course information

Description: EN:

In this ‘international classroom’ module it will become clear that policy and policy development are very important for creating a good public health. Improving public health requires actions and interventions on various levels. This module focuses at the local (municipal, organizational) policy level. What can municipalities do to improve the health of children and citizens living in the municipality? How can they create healthy schools? How can employers make sure that employees stay vital and employable? How can public health professionals convince policy makers, decision makers and politicians that Public Health should be placed on the policy agenda? The module focuses at Public Health policy, with specific focus on the local policy process (the process in organizations through occupational healthcare, Public Health organizations, and local communities). The policy process is defined as the process from agenda setting, policy formulation, policy implementation, to policy evaluation and assurance. There will be a strong link between theory, application of this theory and practice. During the module many practical examples from the field of public health policy will be addressed in the tutorials and in so-called ping pong sessions. Students are taught different theoretical approaches to agenda setting and policy which will directly be linked to specific tools to improve and manage a specific policy process. Additionally, the module covers knowledge on the different contextual aspects of the policy process, such as national and international legislation, structure and organization of Public Health, normative beliefs, and the influence of state, market and civil society on public health. 

Students will apply the knowledge they acquire immediately in a group paper they will write during this module. This group paper will consist of three chapters covering the following topics: Mapping the public health systems and public health stakeholders in Europe; Policy analysis according to the rational and the political approach; Transferability of interventions: dare to compare. In the final part of the course, students focus on policy skills. As a health promotor it is of great importance to develop specific skills that enable you to collaborate in teams. Training 4 (incorporated in one of the ping pong sessions) is about negotiation and collaboration skills in policy development. 

Goals: EN:
The formal objectives of this module are listed below: With respect to knowledge and insight, students acquire knowledge about:- the macro system: the organization of Public Health (in the Netherlands and internationally), Public Health policy actors, administration/public management, different types of welfare states in relation to Public Health, Health in all Policies;       - general definitions of policy and policy processes;       -the dynamics of policy as explained by different theoretical approaches;     - project management;- policy tools;- policy evaluation;- principles and effective methods of negotiation;- leadership in Public Health (effective leadership and styles of leadership). With respect to application of knowledge and insight, students are able to:- assess the macro and policy context of a certain Public Health problem to improve the effectiveness of Public Health policies;- apply the different theoretical policy approaches to a specific policy problem in order to understand this problem and improve the effectiveness of policies;- apply the knowledge about policy evaluation in a research proposal for the evaluation of a certain Public Health policy;- recognize styles of leadership and leadership principles, as well as to reflect on their own leadership competences. With respect to forming opinions, students can:- judge the effectiveness of Public Health policies (and make international comparisons of policies); - compare different theoretical approaches in how they explain bottlenecks in the policy process;- critically read scientific papers and Public Health policy reports. With regard to communication skills, students are trained to:- Collect stakeholder perspectives- Negotiate and positively affect policy making- Discuss different perspectives to come to shared decisions regarding policy- Write papers and present the results of applying knowledge to policy theories and using policy tools. With regard to learning skills, students are trained to:- cooperate with stakeholders from other disciplines in the development, implementation and evaluation of Public Health policy; -Plan and evaluate their own work and learning processes- Take care of their own quality control and professionalization.
Key words: EN:
Public Health Local and occupational setting Rational approach Political approach Institutional approach Policy analysis Stakeholder analysis
Literature: This is the link to Keylinks, our online reference list.  
Teaching methods:
  • Assignment(s)
  • Work in workgroup(s)
  • Lecture(s)
  • Paper(s)
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Presentation(s)
  • Skills
  • Training(s)
Assessments methods:
  • Attendance
  • Final paper
  • Participaion
  • Presentation
  • Written exam

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