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Minor Global Health and Quantified Self

The minor Global Health & Quantified Self, taught in English, concerns aspects of globalisation and health linked to digital health and the opportunities and challenges this brings along. It is the first educational programme in Europe to offer training on Quantified Self.

What is in it for you?

- Fieldtrips

- State-of-the-art keynotes by lectures from all over the world

- A chance to learn about and work with students from abroad and from other professions

- A Fitbit: monitor yourself, change your behaviour, get in shape!

- More insight in your cultural sensitivity

Preparation for an internship abroad

Learn how to make a cool infographic

Are you interested in the most recent developments in this very broad field? Are you innovative within your field of work and do you have a multidisciplinary mindset? Do you want to work with different cultures, globalisation and Quantified Self? Then the minor Global Health & Quantified Self is the minor for you!

The minor Global Health & Quantified Self (30 ECTS) offers you the unique opportunity to familiarise yourself with an increasingly globalised world and its effects on health. The minor focuses on trends in health and health care viewed from a global perspective, and the challenges that we as health professionals will face over the next 10 years. How do these developments relate to the desire to live longer while staying healthy and active as we age? How can we cooperate on an international level to organise prevention and self-management? How can we encourage healthy behaviour and structure in health care in such a way that everybody receives the care they need, in the Netherlands as well as in other countries around the world?

The three pillars within this programme are:

  1. Global Health, Globalisation, International Organisations & International Cooperation
  2. Culture and Health
  3. Digital Health and Quantified Self

 In the first ten weeks of the programme the focus lies on acquisition of knowledge and how to apply this knowledge to a number of small tasks. These tasks can be seen as an exercise for the major project assignment in the second 10-week period, in which students work using the Scrum method on a digital health solution for a global health problem. Multidisciplinary teamwork is key in the projects that are central to this programme.

By way of a framework there are three content-related modules that we will call pillars:

Pillar 1; Global Health, Globalisation, International Organisations & International Cooperation gives you knowledge and skills that will enable you, later in your professional career. It takes into account the influence of aspects that lie outside the direct sphere of influence of an individual or population group (globalisation, social determinants, health systems, international policies, etc.) but which can highly influence the health situation of an individual or of a population group. The newly acquired insights can be used to set up effective strategies for policy advice in one’s own professional field. You will learn how information about these influences can be gathered and organised.

Pillar 2; Culture and Health makes you a more rounded professional by providing you with the background and experience to be better at taking into account the influence of your own cultural insights and those of others. This is about cultural insights related to health, disease, the body and ways of communication.

Pillar 3; Quantified Self is aimed at increasing attention on a worldwide level to the application of technology in order to support self-measurements done by the individual. This is about self-knowledge achieved by means of self-measurements, from what you’ve eaten to how you sleep, and everything in between. This self-measurement and your keeping track of your own behaviour has become much easier in recent years. Examples are movement sensors such as Fitbit and Jawbone, which give data about your daily activity and sleep patterns, and Lumo Back, which gives you feedback about how you are sitting,  and which vibrates when you ‘hang’ bent over your desk. These days the average smartphone is full of sensors and handy apps, for example to gather data about your stress level (via Azumio) or what you eat (via Foodzy). Such self-measurement thus makes self-diagnosis and self-monitoring possible, and can therefore contribute to remote care. This is transforming health care as we know it, not only at the local and regional levels but also internationally. In this minor you will become acquainted with a number of state-of-the-art self-measurement technologies and the meaning of these developments for the health care profession and for the practitioners themselves. Attention will also be paid to the implementation of these innovations, and to how these technologies can be deployed effectively in health care.



1. Gathering of knowledge and insight

  • Covers knowledge about core aspects, theories and research in the fields of Global Health and Quantified Self from different perspectives (social, economic, cultural and paramedic);
  • Can assess the value of literature and publications about Global Health and Quantified Self.

2. Application of knowledge and insight

  • Develops new solutions for  a problem that is connected to an  international context, or evaluates existing solutions for a problem that has an international dimension on its merits;
  • Applies knowledge and skills acquired in the project assignment. Is,  on the basis of relevant scientific knowledge and insights, able to define, analyse and solve complex problems in the professional practice,  to a client’s satisfaction;
  • Uses a project-based approach and, where possible, works together with students from other cultures and disciplines.

 3. Comes to a thought-out point of view / judgement,  based on relevant information

  • Can search for, analyse and interpret relevant and current information in the fields of Global Health and Quantified Self;
  • Based on weighing different perspectives (social, economic, legal, cultural and paramedic), can form a judgment about international issues in health care;
  • Substantiates choices for conducting research according to EBP principles;
  • Is able to critically evaluate scientific literature, and on that basis form his own vision and put it into words. Can critically evaluate scientific literature, and, on that basis, form a personal vision and express it;
  • Can reflect on professional actions, integrating ethical, cultural and societal questions.

 4. Professional communication with clients and peers from one’s own and other cultures

  • During the course of the project, is able to maintain effective contact with a client;
  • Masters the technique of interviewing as a method of data gathering while maintaining an adequate professional attitude;
  • Acts professionally when interacting with clients and colleagues;
  • Can convey conclusions, knowledge, motives and considerations clearly and unambiguously, in writing and verbally, to an audience of specialists or non-specialists from one’s own as well as other cultures;
  • Can cooperate in a multidisciplinary project group.

 5. Independent learning and working

  • Can reflect critically on his/her own functioning in the project group, the group process, and the intercultural competencies he / she has acquired;
  • Can place the knowledge and skills of his/her own professional group at the service of other professional groups, thereby contributing to the results of the project group.

The minor prepares students to cooperate in international, multidisciplinary teams by executing a real project about a health problem in an international context. Within this integral task, which makes up the core of the minor, you will develop a digital health solution for a Global Health problem in a group setting.

Aanvullende informatie

Language requirements for international non-Hanze UAS students

Students must have passive and active command of the English language and jargon. Within Health Care Studies, this has been translated as ‘Can reflect critically on English literature and can present it in English’. Students participating in the minor should master the English language at one of the following levels:

•             Academic IELTS 6.0 overall

The class has a capacity of 30. There are 15 slots (each semester) reserved in this programme for exchange students. The programme is subject to cancellation if the minimum number of registered students has not been reached.

Admission priorities apply and include the following:

•Interdisciplinary and international character of the student body

•Hanze UAS students

•Exchange students



  • Bachelor level, third-year and fourth-year students.
  • You have completed your first academic year and have earned at least 45 ECTS in the main phase (years 2- 3-(4)).
  • You have experience with project management and have developed research skills. No general instruction on these two topics will be offered.

You will work in an international multidisciplinary team and have command of the English language (graduation level secondary school). Useful additional personal characteristics for participation in such a team are: an open mind, the ability to listen actively, tolerance, flexibility, transparency in motives.

For Hanze University students (and those from Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands):

  • Third -year students (approved by SCC)


  • Professional Product
  • Assignments
  • Presentation
  • Paper
  • Knowledge exam
  • Reflection report
  • Report


Will be published in August / on the intranet (blackboard).


Will be announced after registration. During the teaching weeks, there is an average of 12-20 contact hours per week consisting of lectures, tutorials, trainings and workshops. The teaching activities are usually spread over 3 teaching days pro week.