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Health Equality in All Policies

The "Health Equality in All Policies" summer school is a five day program which offers a unique illustration of the field of public health. By definition, this is a field in which many different perspectives are needed and a plethora of stakeholders work together. This summer school will give you an understanding of the complexities of such a broad policy area. You will learn about relevant theoretical perspectives and the roles of various societal partners. We will focus on the urgent theme of reducing health inequalities. Participants apply the insights they gain in each day to a case: the city of Groningen. In a group assignment you will provide policy recommendations to the municipality of Groningen. How should they design a healthy (city) environment and prevent health inequalities in doing so. You will use a multitude of sources such as lectures, data sources, city walks, stories and examples of interventions.

Each day the program focuses on a different policy discipline and its relevance to health equality. Day 1 will focus on public health from a psychological point of view. Human behavior is (almost) always involved in interventions, therefore expertise on human behaviour is essential for designing interventions. On day 2 participants will look at how poverty, and its effect on public health, is presented and perceived in different ways during different times in history. Day 3 will introduce you to regional health differences in the Netherlands and Groningen and how the built and social environment affect health over the life course. Day 4 will focus on making (public health) policies based on real life data. On day 5 participants will identify the role of law in reducing health inequalities.

Practical information

10 - 14 July 2023


From BA year 2, MA, PhD, Postdoc, Practitioners


€ 200 for Bachelor and Master students 
€ 300 for PhD's and professionals 

If we receive enough applications, the two participants with the best motivation letter will receive a fee waver.

Academic coordinators

Marije Bosch
Erik Buskens



European partner universities:
- Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
- University of Hamburg
- University of Copenhagen

Non-European partner universities:
- Stellenbosch University
- Nanyang Technological University
- Osaka University
- Universitas Gadjah Mada
- Universidad de Antioquia
- Universidad de Chile
- Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
- Universidade de São Paulo
- Macquarie University


This course is designed for bachelor students from year 2 and up, master students postgraduate students (PhDs, post-docs), researchers and practitioners in the public health domain; all disciplines are welcome!

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course schedule Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Familiarise themselves with the notion of health inequality and inequity;
  • Learn to identify and present the issue while recognising the different perspectives;
  • Understand the inherent complexity and the fact that tackling the issue will require a long term multidisciplinary commitment, (continuously building and improving their arsenal?);
  • Apply the insights from different theoretical perspectives gained via a multitude of sources such as lectures, city walks, data sources, stories and examples of interventions et cetera.


Preparation: 6,5 hours
Lectures and workshops: 34,5 hours
Presentation: 1 hour

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 42 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Introduction to lecturers

Erik Buskens is a professor in Health Technology Assessment at the Faculty of Medical Sciences/UMCG. His area of expertise is Medical Technology Assessment comprises economic evaluation in health care, ethical and legal issues as well as issues regarding implementation and reimbursement of innovative technologies.

Arie Dijkstra is a professor in psychology at the University of Groningen. His area of expertise is health psychology, behavioural change and behavioural influence, addictions and psychology of Covid19.

Rina Knoeff is a professor of history at the University of Groningen. Her area of expertise is early modern history, history of (anatomic) collections, cultural history of the body, Dutch medicine in the Age of Enlightenment, history of alchemy and chemistry, and medical humanities.

Tobias Vogt is a professor at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. His area of expertise is demographics, interdisciplinary social sciences, social medicine, environmental health and occupational medicine.

Brigit Toebes is professor of health law in a global context at the Faculty of Law, and Scientific Director of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health. She has a background in human rights and has published extensively in the fields of global health law, and health and human rights

Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Motivation letter, clearly stating why you want to join this summer school, what you will bring to the school and what you hope to learn (max. 1 page)

Only University of Groningen students can still apply for this summer school, please do so by 30 June 2023 at the latest.

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The summer school will be held under the flag of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, which is a joint partnership of the University Medical Center Groningen, the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the NHL Stenden University of Applied SciencesER

Last modified:22 June 2023 4.06 p.m.