Why this programme?
'Sustainable work' has shot to the top of the agenda in recent years. Governments and companies need employees to remain healthy and productive throughout their careers. Good employee health and decent work are also among the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and urgent action is needed. How do we create decent jobs, which provide a good match between the individual and the job? How to balance work and family lives? And how to maintain employees’ health, employability and functional capacities over the years in a context of constantly changing labour markets and social welfare policies? There is a real need – and a job market – for experts on these contemporary issues. Work, Health and Career focuses on health, wellbeing and employability across the lifespan. You learn to weigh up the diverse interests of workers, families and companies. You will be taught about the changing world of work and social welfare and how you can respond to that. In line with that, you’ll develop and evaluate cutting-edge interventions and strategies to promote sustainable working lives.
Multidisciplinary and practical programme
The health issues that you encounter in the workplace are very diverse. A high workload might cause stress, an inadequately designed workplace might cause physical problems and over the course of their career some employees develop a chronic illness. The may be equally varied. You may be asked to give strategic advice, formulate health policies or you may be handling individual cases.
The programme will therefore provide you with a multidisciplinary and practical training that combines the best of different worlds. You’ll learn about occupational healthcare, organisational and policy science, and health promotion. By combining this with special communications and skills training sessions you’ll learn how to formulate, implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions. The multifaceted nature of the programme ensures that you'll have all the knowledge you need to adequately handle many different situations later on in your career.
Toolbox for the WHC professional
You’ll gain up-to-date knowledge of contemporary topics such as the changing world of work and social welfare, work–life balance, work engagement, health promotion, extended working lives, mental health and physical health problems of workers. In order to get better grip on these topics, you will be trained to apply a bio-psychosocial approach to labour participation, in moral case deliberation and in evidence-based occupational medicine. In the master Work, Health and Career, a strong accent will be on training to equip the WHC professional with a toolbox of practical skills to be able to translate your theoretical knowledge to practice. Throughout the Master programme, three major lines of training can be distinguished, each with their unique contribution to a well-balanced toolbox content: 1. A biopsychosocial approach to labour participation: ICF trajectory; 2. Evidence Based Occupational Health trajectory; and 3. Intervention and Communication Skills trajectory. You will also be taught about the relevant methods needed for research in the field of work, health and career. Upon graduation, you'll therefore be completely up to date with the latest cutting-edge techniques.