Short programme/minor Healthy Ageing

The minor Healthy Ageing explores how good health and well-being at every stage of life contributes to how individuals and populations age. Having a healthy lifestyle not only applies to those who are older but applies across the life-course, at all stages.

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 It is not only the healthcare field that is involved with heathy ageing, technological developments can also contribute to a healthy lifestyle in children, adults and seniors. By combining several disciplines – for example healthcare and technology, epidemiology, sociology, ethics – Healthy Ageing offers the opportunity to explore a wide range of perspectives as to how individuals and populations can age with optimum health.  

As life expectancies rise, so does the importance of reducing the number of years with illness. Health care services and systems face challenges just as do governments and policy makers, to effectively accommodate people to living longer and healthier lives. During the minor, students will work together in interdisciplinary groups, to investigate both the challenges and opportunities of an ageing world.  

The framework of the minor programme consists of four inter-related modules:

  • Future of Health (5 EC)
    How do societal developments in health care impact individuals and populations? What measures can be taken to ensure healthy ageing? Preventative and self care? What processes of growth, change and stability will we be dealing with as we age? This module examines future challenges faced by health care professionals of the future.

  • Health and Thechnology (5 EC)
    Here we look at how ehealth and health technology can successfully contribute to changes in health care. In part as a result of an ageing population, the need for cost effectiveness, knowledgeable and empowered patients – there is an increasing need and demand for self management. The ways in which E- health and health technology can contribute to the various challenges facing health care systems and health care delivery are key aspects of this component.

  • Ethical Argumentations (5 EC)
    As populations age, there is an increasing need for health care to become more efficient and effective, and also more client orientated. A core question central to this module is to what extent the state is allowed to intervene in an individuals private/ personal life to promote healthy behaviour before it becomes a violation of the citizens self autonomy? Topical ethical issues and arguments are analysed in relation to healthcare issues.

  • Bridging the Gap: Ageism (5 EC)
    Key themes addressed are those associated with growing older – frailty, dementia, ageism. Here stereotypical ideas associated with older people are challenged as we "bridge the gap" and interview those who are experiencing later life. Practical research carried out on seniors in the form of a semi structured interview which further facilitates learning and knowledge.

The four modular components are equally weighted at 5 credits and are offered over a 5 week period. There is the opportunity for these to be selected as singular "stand alone" modules – or for a combination of modules (dependant on the credit requirement and the period in which each module is offered) .

  • Innovation project  (10 EC)
    The minor additionally prepares students to cooperate in international, multidisciplinary teams by executing a real project about a health problem in an international context. Within this integral task, which makes up the core of the minor, you will develop a  health solution for a Global Health problem in a group setting.


Application procedure for non exchange students

Non exchange students can apply here.

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