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Innovations in eHealth Care


Admission requirements

Open to master students Psychology. The course provides a broad view on eHealth in health care, with a focus on Health, Medical and Neuropsychological applications.


This course provides an introduction in what eHealth encompasses and how it can be used to enhance and improve health care in several different areas. The lectures in this course will provide a broad overview of eHealth tools and applications from a Health, Medical and Neuropsychology perspective. In each lecture, the use of eHealth in a different field in health care will be explored, showing students current interventions, how they have been developed, how they work, and how they are deployed in health practice. Topics that will be addressed are (a.o.) prevention and lifestyle interventions, chronic care and self-management, rehabilitation tools, and social contexts, groups and systems. Within these topics a wide range of eHealth functionalities will be addressed, such as web-based modules, web portals, smartphone applications, telemonitoring, serious gaming, and blended forms of eHealth. We will also discuss the (ethical and practical) annotations of this form of health care. Besides exhibiting existing eHealth applications and interventions, we will focus more theoretically on how to design, implement and evaluate eHealth. Questions such as; ‘How do you make sure to connect to needs and skills of your target group?’, and ‘How can you achieve that an eHealth tool is taken up in the care process and will be actively used?’ will be addressed. In online workgroups, tutored with online chat forums, students can experiment with developing their own eHealth modules in small subgroups.

Course objectives

  • Students have knowledge about the basic principles of eHealth and the use of eHealth in different health care settings, related to Health-, Medical and Neuropsychology. – Students have knowledge about a broad range of eHealth tools, interventions and functionalities and how they are used to improve health care. – Students have knowledge about theory and research on how to develop, implement and evaluate eHealth applications. – Students have practical experience with developing an eHealth module that fits the needs and skills of their target group.




Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

Lectures and unsupervised workgroups, with online tutoring (attendance of all meetings is obligatory): – Lectures: to cover the relevant literature, provide knowledge about eHealth in health care and discuss theory about eHealth development, implementation and evaluation. – Unsupervised workgroups: to practice in developing online modules and test these modules on the target group. – Online tutoring/supervision is available during a part of the workgroups to discuss questions or problems with a supervisor.


Assessment will be based on threeassessments:
1. Developing an eHealth module for a specific target group (pass/fail);
2. Writing a groupreport on the developmental process of the module, incorporating scientific literature and what is learned during the lectures (grade);
3. Exam on lectures and provided literature (grade).

Students have to pass all parts of the assessment. Grading will be based on the report after the eHealth module is passed (60%), and on the exam (40%).

The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud


Information on Blackboard


Course Reader


Dr. Rosalie van der Vaart
Unit of Health, Medical and Neuropsychology
Room 2A20
Tel: +31(0)715276633