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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools Urban Strategies for Health Promotion

Course information

Target group

This summer school is designed for students at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level, professionals interested in or involved in urbanism and health.
The topic, health promotion by architectural and urban interventions, is multidisciplinary almost by default. The target groups reflect this: students who wish to explore the crossroads between public health, architecture and urbanism, and governance are likely to have different backgrounds: architectural and urban history, urban history, cultural history, urban studies, public health, medical sciences, urban governance, architectural and urban design.


The summer school will begin on Sunday 7 July at 5PM with welcoming drinks. The educational part starts on Monday 8 July at 9AM and ends on Friday 12 July at 5PM.

Learning outcomes

After this course you 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

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 50 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.


The fee ( 255) includes:

  • Bus tour
  • bike rentals
  • lunches
  • coffee/tea breaks
  • opening dinner
  • farewell dinner

Housing (5 nights, from Monday 1 July  to Saturday 6 July, in an international student house is available upon request for an additional € 215. For more information about accommodation, please see the central housing page.
Please note that transportation to and from Groningen is excluded from the fee.

Application information

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Motivation letter (max. 1 page)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that registration will close once we have reached our maximum number of participants. 

Summer school and the University of Groningen

The Summer School is linked to the Master Course offered by the Expertise Center Architecture, Urbanism and Health, a joint initiative of the Faculty of Arts, Spatial Sciences and Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen. The master course History of Architecture and Town Planning at the Institute of History of Art, Architecture and Landscapes is unique in its scope, offering its students the opportunity to compose personalized tracks that can either focus on classical history and theory, on the health impacts of architecture and urbanism (provided by the Thomassen à Thuessink chair), or a mixture between these approaches.


For more information about the summer school, kindly contact the coordinators (

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