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Wicked challenges in health are emerging worldwide. Examples at a population level are increased incidence of obesity and dementia in an ageing population, or HIV and zoonotic infections with a significant impact on health, social and economic systems.

In general, wicked problems are complicated multifaceted societal problems, that call for different perspectives, knowledge domains and methodological approaches for a possible solution. At an organisational and professional level, the common denominator of wicked problems is that they are present at the interspace of - or overlap - various professions, institutions and/or societal domains.

At the start of the course, student teams define a wicked problem in health that they will work on throughout the course. The main goal of the course is to familiarise students from different health, technical and societal backgrounds with interprofessional problem-solving strategies in relation to their wicked problems in health. 

The course design targets active development by students of a shared knowledge basis, interdisciplinary 21st-century team skills, and an open collaborative attitude, as these skills, strategies and attitudes are needed for a holistic approach to tackling wicked problems in their future professional careers. We offer an open course for Honours students from all academic disciplines (e.g. health and biology, technical sciences, humanities and art studies), who are interested in helping to enlarge their understanding of wicked problems in health; and perhaps help to solve them. 


You can find the timetable on Datanose.


Registration is possible for 2nd year (or higher) students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on November 29, 10 am -  December 6, 11 pm, You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS(registration is NOT through SIS or GLASS).

Please note: There is no guarantee for placement if you register after 6 December, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for before 20 december. For questions about registration, please contact us at Honours-iis@uva.nl.

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