Biomedical and Health Interventions

Biomedical aspects of the various health challenges and state-of-the-art interventions

Challenges in health care

This minor builds on recent developments within the field of biomedical and health sciences and places them in a broader perspective (e.g. societal, managerial, political and economic). In our current time we face many challenges in health care due to new and emerging infectious diseases, changing disease patterns, demographic changes, rising costs of health care and globalisation. At the same time, new scientific developments result in innovative products and services, such as novel pharmaceuticals, neurotechnologies and telemedicine. Ideally, the scientific developments would be able to address the current challenges successfully. However, reality sometimes proves otherwise. Technical innovations are not taken up by patient groups, vaccination programs are unable to reach proper vaccination levels, societal movements halt further scientific developments, etc. What are the underlying causes for these undesirable outcomes and how could we in the future create a better match between the needs in health care and developments in biomedical and health sciences? This minor provides you with the first steps to answer these questions.

Future Challenges in Global Health: 

The beginning of the course provides you with an overview of both current and future challenges, in addition to scientific advancements in global health. In the practical part of the course, you will use your newly acquired knowledge and apply it in small project teams. 

Key Strategies in Disability and Neuropathy: 

In this course you learn to reflect on various philosophical perspectives related to disability and diversity and think about your own perspective. 

Clinical Trials and Health Care: 

Central in this course is the idea that a systemic perspective, i.e. the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the innovation process, can benefit both quality and successful implementation of new products. In the course, the ins and outs of the process of clinical trials are discussed. How do you do a trial; what actors and factors are involved?

Tailoring Medicine and Telemedicine: 

In teams of four students, you will study how multimedia applications in health care change expert – patient/user interaction and communication. To this end you will learn how to use different participatory design methodologies in order to develop ICT applications in health care. 

Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Development: 

This course gives insight into the past, current and future preventive health care concerning control of infectious diseases with a focus on vaccination. It will be a mixture between biomedical sciences and health policy and management. 

For specific information each course, please visit our study guide.

Admission and registration


The minor is open to students in the bachelor programs Biomedical Sciences, Health & Life, Health Sciences, bachelor programs in the natural sciences and similar bachelor programs. 
Secondary course students (bijvak) can also register for this minor.


Please see the application procedure for more details.

Questions about the programme

For specific questions regarding content, please contact Dr. Ben Sonneveld,

Samenvatting Biomedical and health interventions




1 semester (30 EC)


1 September


Gezondheid en Beweging



Stefanie Groot

Student Minor Biomedical and Health Interventions

Stefanie Groot

‘This minor gave me the opportunity to explore different careers after Health and Life Sciences, for example policymaker, researcher and advisor/manager. I most liked the diversity of courses and the enthusiasm of the teachers. I also enjoyed the amount of guest lectures and the visits to the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and VU medical center.’

Elise Maas

Student Minor Biomedical and Health Interventions

Elise Maas
'The minor Biomedical and Health interventions offers an interesting combination of topics related to different steps in the intervention and innovation processes of health care. For me, as a student with a clinical major, the minor provided a lot of new and interesting information about a broad spectrum of health care topics which have not been discussed during my bachelor. The variety of the course was high, e.g. from telemedicine to vaccine development, which helped me to develop skills and deepen my knowledge of health care.'