Theses and Internships Health and Society

Students from Wageningen University can write their Bachelor or Master thesis with the chairgroup Health and Society (HSO). Below you will find a list of HSO staff members with their topics of expertise. If you see a topic that you find interesting you can contact the particular staff member to make an appointment.

Important! Contact a possible HSO supervisor first before you contact external organizations.

For more information on thesis or internship topics and supervision, please contact the Thesis Coordination.

Thesis topics by staff members:

Prof.dr. Maria Koelen

  • Understanding overweight by unravelling the interaction between individuals and their social and physical environment
  • Ageing society and health
  • Ageing in a supportive environment Lenneke Vaandrager

  • The application of salutogenesis to work, communities and neighbourhoods: the role of learning
  • Natural outdoor environments and health: environmental justice, healthy urban environments, green/blue spaces and recreation, green daycare
  • The built environment and health: e.g. city planning & healthy architecture
  • Realist synthesis evaluation of the Programme “Healthy Futures Nearby: Tackling inequalities in health” Annemarie Wagemakers

      • (Community) health promotion and socially vulnerable roups: e.g. physical activity, reproductive and sexual health, pregnancy, nutrition.
      • Determinants of the social environment of health (for example social cohesion, empowerment, networks)
      • (Citizen) Participation and intersectional collaboration and the role of a broker
      • Health Policy (e.g. Health in All Policies)
      • (Participatory) action research methods

      Dr. Kirsten Verkooijen

      • Social-psychological determinants of health behaviour. For instance, the role of (self- or social) identity, perceived scarcity, social norms, affect and self-regulation in physical activity and eating behaviour
      • Social-psychological outcomes of health behaviour. For instance, the impact of physical activity on wellbeing, emotional or cognitive skills
      • Socially vulnerable people (e.g., low SES) and physical activity and/or dietary behaviour
      • Interactions between health behaviours Laura Bouwman

        • Identification of life-experiences which contribute to people's ability to eat healthfully
        • Identify how everyday activities and ambitions (eg. child rearing, working, sports) are connected to the ambition to eat healthfully
        • How can efforts to improve the quality of nutritional intake in developing countries (nutrition promotion) be aligned with efforts to increase food production in those countries(agricultural extension)  

        Franshelis Garcia, MSc

        • Psychological interventions for persons with chronic conditions or medically unexplained symptoms
        • Explaining & changing health behaviours
        • Implementing social media in health promotion Sabina Super

        •  Researching the social, cognitive and emotional benefits of sports participation
        • Research amongst vulnerable groups including children in youth care, people from low SES groups and elderly.
        • Explaining people’s capacity to cope with stressful or challenging life events (such as poverty or diseases)

        Dr. Marleen Bekker

        • Salutogenesis in All about Health initiatives (as part of big research project 2018-2022)
        • Follow up evaluation of research-policy-practice collaborations in the Academic Collaborative centres for Public Health (Academische Werkplaatsen Publieke Gezondheid)
        • Urban health and planning
        • Health Impact Assessment
        • Intersectoral policymaking
        • Collaborative networks, platforms and alliances for health
        • Public health advocacy, lobbying and public affairs strategy
        • Responsive evaluation of health-related social issues (financial debt, literacy, social safety, teenager and adolescent pressures and coping, etc

        Caro-Lynn Verbaan, MSc

        • Understanding (un)healthful eating from a salutogenic perspective, e.g. dieting or eating disorders
        • Consumer behaviour related to healthful eating
        • Explaining determinants of challenging global health concerns

        Interested in doing your Thesis or Internship abroad in Europe?  The EU provides funds for students going abroad in the Erasmus+ program. Both students going on study exchange and doing an internship or thesis in Europe can apply for a grant. The grant is available for BSc, MSc and PhD students.

        Apply for the Erasmus+ grand at the Study Abroad Office. More information on the Erasmus+ program can be found on the following link: