International Minors

International Courses (Minors)

Educational programmes at HAN are divided in a major part (3.5 years) and a minor part (0.5 year). They international courses at nursing and allied medical care are situated in the minor part of the program and therefore also known as minor programmes.

Two international programmes (English taught) are offered.  The Minor Global Health; Health & Community Development and The Minor Internationalization. Both minors take 20 weeks. Both minors equal 30 ECTS as well. Students apply for these programmes half year before the start of the minor. Select the minor of your choice in Alluris, Kies op Maat. The minors called Minor High Care & Minor High Care Mother and Child also offer clinical internships in Indonesia. Each year two students of each minor get the opportunity to follow their internship in a high care environment in two hospitals in Semarang, Java. This minor is in Dutch.

For more information about the application procedure in Alluris:

For more information about the Minor High Care:

For more information about the Minor High Care Mother and Child:

Minor internationalization

The focus of the minor internationalization is on the development of professional and personal skills. By going abroad you will get an insight in global developments and the implications of those developments for both the western countries and the majority of the resource limited countries (RLC).

The minor is suitable for students with a training in nursing or nursing related professions such as allied medical care. It’s a course offered at bachelor level for students in their third or fourth year (just before graduation).

The minor internationalization consists of two units. During unit 1(8 weeks) many different topics are discussed in relation to going abroad. Most subjects are related to the general field of health. Some especially to the field of nursing, and some origin from the field of speech and language therapy and nutrition and dietetics. Subjects are:

  • Paradigm shifts
  • Lalonde
  • Medical topics
  • IMF, World bank
  • Culture and care
  • Public health
  • Globalisation
  • Primary Health Care
  • Intercultural communication
  • International political/geographical developments
  • Millennium development goals
  • Paradigm Shift in Mental health
  • Personal and professional dilemma’s
  • Health risk and prevention
  • Religious aspects
  • Acculturation
  • Several medical conditions:
    • AIDS and TB
    • Malnutrition
    • Malaria, anaemia
    • Pneumonia, diarrhoea
    • Burns
    • Vaccination
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Mental health
  • Professional dilemma’s
  • Non regular Health
  • Speech therapy in international perspective
  • Health education
  • Nutritional status of a person or country
  • A mandatory English course: all students must follow an English course during unit 1 of the minor. For native English speakers this course is not mandatory.

Preparations before the start of the minor:

  • Every student of the minor is offered a voluntary Bahasa Indonesia course. This course focuses on general and medical Bahasa. If interested, apply before the start of the minor.
  • The country and the people: study the country where your practical period or research will be. Read “touristic” information about the country you are going to. So you will already have a lot of general information about our country before the start of the official programme.

The minor internationalization runs twice yearly and starts in the first week of semester 1 (beginning of September) and the first week of semester 2 (beginning of February).

For more information about the minor internationalization: &

Minor Global Health; Health & Community Development

During this exchange course Global Health, you will prepare and develop a community-based health (prevention) project. The first 10 weeks you study and prepare your project at the HAN, the last 10 weeks you will work at this project abroad.

In this Minor you will work in an inter-professional and international team on a project anywhere in the world. That is why this course is suitable for students in different fields, like Social Work, Sport Studies, Creative Therapy, Psychology, Health Studies and Nursing. The professors of Sport Studies, Nursing and Social Studies in this course are actually working in a multidisciplinary team themselves. On top of that, we welcome International students.

Social and creative aspects are key in this inter-professional course. We also work with intercultural communication and specific skills you need, like ‘How to organize a project’. You will learn to research a (community) health problem, and how to work at this. Think about a health promotion intervention, or an innovative health project.

Examples of projects are:

  • Malawi (Community Development) (
  • Java (Development 0-4 year olds)
  • Bonaire (Primary School) study program includes theory and methods, practical and creative skills, reflective learning, group work and intercultural communication. The course is divided into two modules, module 1 in The Netherlands, and module 2 abroad, on site.
  • Module 1: Preparatory Project Development
  • Follow the latest news on projects on:
  • Defining health (in cultural perspective)
  • Intercultural communication
  • Using creativity in health promotion
  • Health risks, health indicators, health inequality, health determinants, health behavior
  • Health research, epidemiology in public health
  • Working in an inter-professional international team
  • Literature search and quantitative, qualitative and participatory research
  • Additional English lessons focused on this minor
  • Module 2: Developing a community-based health promotion intervention
  • Health promotion & Intervention development
  • Intercultural skills
  • Behavior change
  • Writing skills
  • Community participation and empowerment
  • Project management, organizational skills
  • Presentation techniques
  • A 10-week work placement or internship in a foreign country is an integral part of this minor. It is also possible to conduct a 10-week internship in the Netherlands. In that case, it has to be in an intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. This minor is a block exchange course. This means it’s only offered once a year, in semester 1.Learning outcomes.
  • The overall aim of the minor Global Health is to gain insight in the field of international public health (mental and physical), and design a community-based intervention in an international project team.
  • A 10-week work placement or internship in a foreign country is an integral part of this minor. It is also possible to conduct a 10-week internship in the Netherlands. In that case, it has to be in an intercultural and interdisciplinary setting. This minor is a block exchange course. This means it’s only offered once a year, in semester 1.

General competences

  • Can formulate, explore and study a public health problem
  • Can handle quantitative, qualitative and participatory research methods
  • Can effectively plan an evidence-based intervention using a theoretical basis and a variety of sources
  • Can apply behavioral change techniques
  • Can relate this process to scientific evidence and to community participation
  • Can write a structured paper on community-based intervention.
  • Can collaborate in a multidisciplinary and intercultural context
  • Can demonstrate and apply project management skills
  • Can reflect on one’s own behavior, performance and products
  • Can present effectively (for example during a presentation)
  • Can apply creativity in an effective manner
  • For Whom?
    Bachelors students with an interest in community work and health promotion (Nursing, Sports and Exercise, Social Work, Allied Health Studies) in their third or fourth year. Suited to both Dutch and international students.
  • Entry requirements
  • Completed work placement(s) in own field
  • A good level of English (spoken and written)
  • Willing to work in an international and multidisciplinary team
  • Able to work individually
  • Able to manage one’s own learning process
  • A positive admission appraisal by the exchange course teaching staffDuring this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:
  • Module 1 Preperatory Project Development
  • Assessment
  1. Individual presentation and student lecture
  2. Individual knowledge-based test
  3. Presentation on projectplanModule 2 Developing a community based health promotion intervention
    Individual portfolio based on:
  4. Event with team presentations on the project
  5. Projectreport on community-based promoting intervention (team)
  6. Individual reflection on development, process and products


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In the first 9 weeks you will go to classes three days a week at HAN in Nijmegen. Next to these classes you start working in your international, inter-professional team on a field project. Through Skype, you will already be in contact with your project placement. In addition, you have to prepare and study individually. The theoretical exams are divided in two parts: the first part in week 5, the second in week 9. In week 20 you will present your project at the HAN, in an event style setting. After that, the final portfolio interviews will be planned, to wrap up your project work and development and the minor as a whole.

Working methods

  • Lectures, including discussions
  • Educational group: theory & skills
  • Student lectures
  • Workshops about creativity and how to use that
  • Group work (tutored and without tutor)
  • Reflective learning/team coaching
  • Intercultural training

For more information about the minor Global Health; Health & Community development see the Folder Minor Global Health -06–02-2020 or contact