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OnderwijsUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsUrban Strategies for Health Promotion

Course information

Target group

This summer school is dedsigned for students at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level, professionals interested in or involved in urbanism and health.
The topic, health promotion by interventions in urban space, design and society, is multidisciplinary almost by default. The target groups reflect this: we are open to all students who wish
to explore the intersections between public health, architecture and urbanism, and governance. Participants may have different backgrounds, ranging from architectural and urban history, cultural history, cultural and social geography, urban studies, public health, medical sciences, urban governance, architectural and urban design, to landscape architecture.
It is expected that the participants are fluent in English

Programme (tentative)

The summer school will start on Monday 2 July and end on Friday 6 July. The – tentative - programme entails a morning and an afternoon session for about 3 hours each. Topics include:

  • A Showcase of Urban Health in History: the City of Groningen and its Environs
  • Countering Urban Sprawl and Inequality: From Hygenics to Walkability
  • Housing, Planning and Community as Health Strategies
  • Health Equity: Urban Policy Today
  • Working Lab: Re-Thinking Urban Strategies for Health Promotion

Download the tentative programme

Learning outcomes

After this course students will be able to:

  1. Critically assess the ways in which (local) authorities have developed strategies to promote (public) health since the late 19th century
  2. Distinguish between a variety of health promotion strategies through time and space
  3. Analyse the impact and effectiveness of (public) health policies, past and present
  4. Interlink historical legacies and trajectories of health promotion to topical challenges with regard to (public) health promotion in the city
Workload + certificate

The total workload for this summer school is 50 hours and consists of:

  • Preparatory readings : 10 hours
  • Lectures: 12 hours
  • Excursions and fieldwork: 12 hours
  • Workshop, and assignment (presentation): 18 hours
  • Additional research and fieldwork: 10 hours

After successful completion of the summer school, a certificate of attendance will be awarded.

  • Stefan Couperus (University of Groningen)
  • David Kuchenbuch (Giessen University)
  • Marijke Martin (University of Groningen)
  • Menno Reijneveld (University of Groningen)
  • Gert de Roo / Ina Horlings (University of Groningen)
  • Alvaro Valero-Sosa (TU Berlin)
  • Cor Wagenaar (University of Groningen)
  • Jeroen de Willigen (Town Planner at Zwarte Hond and City Architect of Groningen)
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