Short programme/minor Healthy Ageing

Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer than previous generations. 

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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 lifecourse, at all stages. It is not only the healthcare field that is involved with healthy ageing, 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.

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.

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 dilemmas  (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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