Health Promotion & Preventive Medicine

  • Master's Program International Health & Social Management
Kennzahl der Lehrveranstaltung
  • IHCM3MAN3403
Niveau der Lehrveranstaltung laut Lehrplan
  • Master
Semester in dem die Lehrveranstaltung angeboten wird
  • 3
Anzahl der zugewiesenen ECTS-Credits
  • 5.0
Name des/der Vortragenden
  • Dr. med. Sprenger Martin
  • Dr. rer. soc. Stein Viktoria
Lernergebnisse der Lehrveranstaltung
  • • Students learn and experience how to become effective leaders/managers in promoting health and equity.
    • Students develop a differentiated understanding of health as a complex construct of wellbeing based on various definitions.
    • Students get a basic idea about the relationship between patterns of ill-health and development
    • Students get a deep understanding of what factors are important for health promotion at individual and population level and analyze the concept of preventive medicine by different models (personal, familial, societal)
    • Students understand key elements of the setting approach, drawing on examples from a range of different settings
    • Students are able to consider and apply quality and evaluation criteria in the planning of their projects.
    • Students understand how to select and evaluate practice tools for planning, implementing and evaluating projects and programs aimed at health promotion and prevention
    • Students understand the various drivers of individual behavior linked to the context of a digitalized society.
Art der Veranstaltung
  • blended learning
Voraussetzungen laut Lehrplan
  • none
  • - This part of the course will specifically look at issues related to strategies to promote population health and tackle health inequities.
    - Definition: Health/ Health Promotion/ Ottowa Charta / Mental Health / Occupational Health / Preventive Medicine
    - Risk factors for Health /Salutogenesis / Resilience
    - Global Burden of Disease - Changes over time
    - Students' report: Health systems in different countries / cultures
    - Setting approach (Examples: Healthy Cities, Workplace Health Promotion)
    - Health Communication (comparison of two anti-smoking campaigns)
    - Health Apps for NCDs (suitability and evidence on behavior change (CRAAP test)
    - Health Literacy - Assessing suitability of health education materials for NCDs (SAM scheme)
    - Current issues in information and communication technologies (ICT): Active assisted living (AAL), mHealth.
    - Thinking beyond: Transhumanism
empfohlene Fachliteratur
  • WHO (1986) The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion
    WHO (2016) The 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion - The Shanghai Declaration
    WHO (2008) Report of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health
    WHO (2014) Review of the Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region

    Chapter 8 "Mass Communication" & Chapter 10 "Setting for Health" in: Green, J., Tones, K., Cross, R. & Woodall, J. Health Promotion - Planning and Strategies. London: Sage (2015)
    Rydin, Y., Bleahu, A., Davies, M., Dávila, J. D., Friel, S., De Grandis, G., ... & Lai, K. M. (2012). Shaping cities for health: complexity and the planning of urban environments in the 21st century. Lancet, 379(9831), 2079.
    Stepanek, M., Hafner, M., Taylor, J., Grand-Clement, S., & Van Stolk, C. (2017). The return of investment for preventive healthcare programmes. RAND Europe
    Edwards, et al. (2016). Gamification for health promotion: systematic review of behaviour change techniques in smartphone apps. BMJ open, 6(10), e012447. DOI: 10.1136
    Chapter 4 "Assessing suitability of materials" in Doak, C. C., Doak, L. G., & Root, J. H. (1985). Teaching patients with low literacy skills.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2009). Simply put: a guide for creating easy to understand materials. Atlanta: US Strategic and Proactive Communication Branch."
    Brown, K., Rundall, P., Lobstein T., Mwatsana M., Jeffery, B. (2017). Open letter to WHO DG candidates: keep policy and priority setting free of commercial influence. The Lancet 389/10082, 1879. Available at:
    Karamanou, M., Papaioannou,T.G., Soulis, D., Tousoulis, D. (2017). Engineering ‘Posthumans': To Be or Not to Be? Trends in Biotechnology 35/8, 677-679. Available at:
    Siegel, Ch. & Dorner, T.E. (2017). Information technologies for active and assisted living—Influences to the quality of life of an ageing society. International Journal of Medical Informatics 100, 32-45. Available at:
Lehr- und Lernformen
  • The course is organized in a "blended-learning" approach comprising of in class activities (lectures complemented by plenary debates, case discussions and hands-on research, coaching units), online-asynchronous units (independent work on assignments) and online-synchronous project coaching. For an effective use of these teaching methods, it is required that students read cases and other materials carefully before each session.
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
  • English