Social Management & Health Literacy
Course contents
  • The course on social management and health literacy aims to provide students with knowledge and competency to act as health literacy champions in their future career. Knowing how to create appropriate health literacy responses within organizations is an important asset for managing health in the 21st century.
    Health literacy entails the knowledge, motivation, and competency to access, understand, appraise and apply information to make decisions concerning healthcare, disease prevention and health promotion in everyday life to improve quality of life during the life course. People-centered care and co-production of health are new avenues for the future, which demands active citizens and responsive systems.
    However, recent research has estimated that almost one in two has limited health literacy and that under-served population groups such as the elderly, less educated people and groups with low socio-economic status are even worse off. Strategic action is needed to bridge the health literacy gap.
    Through problem-based learning methods students will gain knowledge about the multi-dimensional concept of health literacy as well as on how to measure health literacy, how to design complex health literacy interventions and how to build health literacy friendly organizations, communities, cities and societies.

    The content of the course will fall in five parts:
    1. The science and art of health literacy.
    2. The challenge of creating health literate societies.
    3. The vision for health literacy and social policy.
    4. The integration of health literacy and social management.
    5. The development of health literacy, management and leadership for social change.
    1. The science and art of health literacy (10 units).
    In the first part the multi-dimensional concept of health literacy is presented and elaborated followed by an introduction to its measurement and its implementation at micro, meso and macro levels. Cases and examples will be provided for students to be discussed and presented group wise.

    2. The challenge of creating health literate societies (5 units)
    The second part provides deeper insights into enabling and hindering factors concerning the challenge of creating health literate societies. Examples will be provided concerning vulnerable groups and tools presented on how to overcome barriers for individuals, in communities and societies at large. In addition, the ethical imperative of health literacy will be discussed.

    3. The vision for health literacy and social policy (5 units)
    The third part introduces national action plans and policies with the aim to illustrate how countries across the world have implemented health literacy as part of social policy. Students will be engaged in developing their own proposals for local, national and international levels governance.

    4. The integration of health literacy and social management (5 units)
    The fourth part presents concrete strategies and tools to develop health literacy friendly organizations. Students will discuss and elaborate cases that reflect the organizational challenges at stake when introducing health literacy as part of organizational change.

    5. The development of health literacy, management and leadership for social change (5 units).
    The last part focuses on how students can develop their knowledge and competency to become health literacy champions and change agents. This includes an introduction to acquisition of personal health literacy skills, management and leadership skills to lead social change processes.

    Please be aware that this course requires high level of proficiency in English language. All local students have passed an English language test with at least 90 TOEFL points (internet based) or comparable tests.
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