Move your Body

VUmc School of Medical Sciences

Move your Body

The minor Move your Body will start with defining and analysing normal movement and musculoskeletal health and fitness. 

The focus will be on the moving healthy body during sports and physical performance, the prevention of sedentary behaviour and physical inactivity. Clinical biomechanics will cover ‘clinical gait analysis’ being a diagnostic tool to assess deviations in walking performance, aiming for the identification of its etiology, i.e. dysfunction of part(s) of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system to inform clinical decision making in patients who experience walking problems. 

Next, we will address how to optimize movement and physical performance of adult patients and children with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders, with an emphasis on disturbed motor function of the lower and upper limbs, and its consequences for daily life. Consequences of disorders, such as osteoarthritis, fractures, bone and joint deviations, multi-trauma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and amputations will become apparent at the three WHO-ICF levels of functioning: impairments in function of body structures (tissues and organs), limitations in functional activities, and restrictions in daily life. In children, the diseases of primary interest are cerebral paresis, premature born infants, scoliosis, obstetric plexus injuries and connective tissue disorders. The diagnostics of the body in motion, and surgical and therapeutic options will be presented by pediatric physicians and researchers specialized in the field of pediatric orthopedics and rehabilitation medicine. Precision diagnostics, based on etiology, will be developed to personalize therapies that restore, adapt, or support the neuro-musculoskeletal system to optimize movement and physical performance.

The minor (24 or 30 EC) consist of two components: 
  • The minor-module Move your body (24 EC)
Tracks of 30 EC will be completed with a literature essay (6 EC).

Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example: medicine, biomedicine, psychobiology, technical medicine, medical biology, liberal arts & sciences or biopharmaceautical sciences. 

Admission and registration

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
The international minor VUmc is open to:

  • Medical bachelor students VU. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC), where 18 EC is acquired in the first semester of the second year.
  • Foreign students of partner institutions and VUmc. Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example biomedical sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine or biopharmaceutical sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language.
  • Third year BSc VU students in Biomedical Sciences, Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College can also enroll. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC). In addition, it is vital that you know the English language (at least on VWO level).

Registration
To register, send an e-mail to bachelor.info@vumc.nl. Please make your choice for three minor-modules and select first, second and third choice. International exchange students should be selected and proposed by the international offices of the partner universities.

Incoming exchange students
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for exchange students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the exchange programmes webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor, exchange students must always contact the Incoming Exchange Team: incoming@vu.nl 

Semester in Amsterdam
The International Office is responsible for course approval and course registration for Semester in Amsterdam students. For details about course registration, requirements, credits, semesters and so on, please visit the Semester in Amsterdam webpages. For acceptance and registration into a minor program, Semester in Amsterdam students must always contact Semester in Amsterdam team: semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl. Or you can visit our 'How to Apply page'. Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions after reading the above information.

Admission and registration

Admission
The international minor VUmc is open to:

  • Medical bachelor students VU. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC), where 18 EC is acquired in the first semester of the second year.
  • Foreign students of partner institutions and VUmc. Exchange students who wish to apply for one of these tracks need to have completed at least 90 EC in a relevant program like for example biomedical sciences, psychobiology, technical medicine or biopharmaceutical sciences. In addition, it is essential that you have a good command of the English language.
  • Third year BSc VU students in Biomedical Sciences, Health and Life Sciences (major clinical sciences or major biomedical sciences), Medical Natural Sciences and the beta track Amsterdam University College can also enroll. You need to have completed the first bachelor year and acquire at least 30 EC in the second year (= at least 90 EC). In addition, it is vital that you know the English language (at least on VWO level).

Registration
To register, send an e-mail to bachelor.info@vumc.nl. Please make your choice for three minor-modules and select first, second and third choice. International exchange students should be selected and proposed by the international offices of the partner universities.

Questions about the programme

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact

Maybritt Stal | bachelor.info@vumc.nl