Planning and development of health promotion interventions

Students learn how to develop a health promotion intervention

Goal of the course

Students develop a health promotion intervention in a group of about 8 to 10 students by executing the first 4 steps of the Intervention Mapping Protocol:
1) needs assessment: analysis of the health problem, analysis of related health behaviour and environment factors, analysis of determinants of behaviour,
2) identifying intervention objectives,
3) selecting theory-informed methods and pratical applications for behavioural change,
4) designing the intervention program.

The students

Multidisciplinary group of students with a background in health sciences, psychology, sociology, communication sciences...

Input at the start

Allowing the group of students (about 8 to 10 students) to visit the organisation twice during the process and providing feedback on their project during these visits (expertise on health promotion within the organisation is needed to be able to provide feedback). Being present at the end of the semester when the students present their project.

End result

A theoretically elaborated health-promotion intervention (with ideas for program materials, but without the practical elaboration of these materials)

Example projects

Interventions to promote health behaviours (such as sleep, healthy nutrition, physical activity, water consumption, sun protection behaviour, cancer screening...) as well as interventions to reduce unhealthy behaviours (such as smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use, sedentary behaviour...)


Teaching language



Worktime for students

course spread over 12 weeks (about 1 day/week)


1st semester