Short programme/minor Healthy Ageing

​Growing up and ageing in good health, that is what Heathy Ageing is about. It goes without saying that this involves having a healthy lifestyle at an older age, but Healthy Ageing applies to all ages. It is not only the healthcare field which is involved with healthy aging, technological developments can also contribute to a healthy lifestyle in children, adults and seniors. By combining several disciplines – for example healthcare and technology – Healthy Ageing acquires an innovative character. Such innovations are aimed at developments in the healthcare system and in the fields of e-health (the input of information and communication technology in healthcare), as well as in  special-needs or modular housing.

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During the minor you will investigate, together with students from other programmes, how people can age in a healthy way. As life expectancies rise, so does the importance of reducing the number of illness years. More and better treatment methods are being developed to this end. This intensification of healthcare is raising the prices of treatments. Thanks to smart technological and non-technological innovations, we can optimise the quality and implementability of the care and keep it affordable.

Developments in healthcare

Healthcare is on the spotlight these days. Changes in the healthcare landscape are making the news almost every day. In this minor you will look not only at aspects of physical, social and mental health, but especially at how the care itself can be optimised. How can you shift the focus for curing diseases towards self-management, positive psychology, deploying one's own capacity, and  personal power? How can you organise care more efficiently and effectively?

How can designs be more client-oriented? What technological aids can be deployed to ensure that seniors can live independently for as long as possible while maintaining a good quality of life, or children with a predisposition for overweight are taught to eat food that is both appetizing and healthy? In this minor you will find out more about life course psychology and the positive influence of directing one's own behaviour, as well as how you can influence it. You will gain insight into developments in healthcare, societal issues and ethical dilemmas, and ample attention will be paid to the possibilities that technology and ICT offer for the development of new healthcare concepts. Examples are the design of an app that brings together volunteers and help-seekers, a serious game about healthy nutrition, and an aid that helps people measure the effect of certain healthy or unhealthy behaviours on blood pressure. You will also learn more skills that will enable you to communicate with your target group. From the beginning of the minor you will work in a  multidisciplinary team on the project assignment within one of the five innovation workplaces of the innovation labs Healthy Ageing. These assignments will come from external customers, which means that you will be working on real issues from practice.

Innovation labs Healthy Ageing

The innovation labs are staffed by researchers, teachers, students, companies, and healthcare and welfare institutions who cooperate in searching for solutions to problems in the field of Healthy Ageing. At the moment there are five knowledge workplaces that focus on the following themes:

  • the new healthcare professional;
  • healthy lifestyle;
  • self-management and empowerment;
  • vulnerable seniors;
  • staying active with a physical or mental handicap.

Application procedure for exchange students

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, has cooperation agreements with a large number of universities around the world. Students from our partner institutions can apply here.

Application procedure for non exchange students

Non exchange students can apply here.



Practical information:

Starting 2016-2017 the minor is offered twice a year:

- semester 1 (September - January),

- semester 2 (February - July).

Deadline entry
For semester 1 (1st of September - 31st January): 1st of May
For semester 2 (1st of February – 30th July): 1st of November

Please note that the programme is subject to cancellation if the minimum number of registered students has not been achieved.

One semester (5 months)

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands

30 European Credits (1EC = 28 hours). Go to for more information on the grading system.

Course fee
Expenses differ per student based on whether the home university is a partner of Hanze UAS or not. For the latest information about the course fee, please check this page.

Admission requirements

  • You are a third-year of fourth-year student (Bachelor level undergraduate or associate degree).
  • You have a background in nursing, allied health care studies, midwifery, social studies, human technology studies or sport studies.
  • You have completed your first year of your education and have obtained at least 45 ECTS in the main phase (year 2, 3 (or4)).
  • You have experience with project management and you have developed research skills. No general education on these two topics will be offered.
  • You will need to work in an international interprofessional multidisciplinary team and master the English language (graduation level secondary school). Useful additional personal characteristics for participation in such a team are: an open mind, the ability to listen actively, tolerance, flexibility, transparency in motives, interests and values.

Language requirements for international student

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 overall

Please note that the programme is subject to cancellation if the minimum number of registered students has not been achieved.


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