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Honoursmodule: Wicked Challenges in Health

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 open to second-year or third-year Bachelor's students participating in an Honours programme. Between 8 June 10 am and 12 June 11 pm, you can register by completing the online registration form that will appear on our website Honoursmodules IIS.  

Please note: Registration is not through SIS. Placement is at random. There is no guarantee for placement if you register after June 12, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for in the week of 20 June.  

If you have any questions, please contact us at Honours-iis@uva.nl

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Facts & Figures
Mode Honours programme
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September