Theses and Internships Health and Society

All MSc programmes at Wageningen University include a thesis research period and an academic oriented internship. Students from Wageningen University can write their Bachelor or Master thesis with the chair group 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 thesis coordinator, to make an appointment with the particular staff member.

The internship is a learning period during which the relationship with professional practice is emphasised and usualy lasts about 4 months. The chair group HSO offers various internship opportunities, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

Thinking about a thesis, internship or research practice with Health & Society (HSO)? All the information you need can be found on this page.

Interested in writing your thesis or doing your internship with the full support of our supervisors? Please feel free to contact the thesis and internship coordinator for more information.

Thesis topics by staff members:

Prof.dr. Spencer Moore Jr

  • The use of social network analysis to study the social relationships of older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Social media, social networks and health
  • COVID-19, social isolation, and health behaviors
  • Global health inequities
  • Adverse childhood events and later life health
  • Social drivers of food choice 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, age-friendly design
  • Realist synthesis evaluation, Participatory Action Research, creative research methods Annemarie Wagemakers

  • Empowerment of pregnant women and women with a baby and their partners to have a healthier dietary intake. The development, implementation and evaluation of an integral empowerment strategy
  • Combined lifestyle interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity. This includes research on (the best) tools for professionals to implement combined lifestyle interventions and the impact of these interventions on multiple levels, short- and long term, etc.
  • (Community) health promotion and socially vulnerable groups: e.g. physical activity, reproductive and sexual health, pregnancy, nutrition
  • (Organisation of) hospital care
  • Public Health Policy, Citizen participation, Citizen science, Intersectoral collaboration, the social environment of health
  • Use of (Participatory) action research methods, in combination with other 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
  • Understanding (un)healthy behaviour by unravelling the interaction between individuals and their social and physical environment Laura Bouwman

    • How to enable consumer engagement in sustainable, healthful eating practices?
    • Which experiences support the construction of meaning and purpose to eating healthfully and sustainably?
    • (How) do sustainable eating practices spill-over to other behaviours and within which contexts?
    • How do people cope with everyday challenges towards healthful and sustainable eating?

    Franshelis Garcia, MSc

    Research on understanding:

    • The attitudes and behaviors towards people with chronic conditions or medically unexplained symptoms.
    • Stigma and coping with the stigma surrounding bariatric surgery
    • Cross-cultural differences in health and behavior

    Dr. Marleen Bekker

    • Innovatie en hervorming van de zorg, welzijn, preventie
    • Deelonderzoek binnen evaluatie van Programma Alles is gezondheid
    • Gezondheidseffectschatting voor beleid
    • Intersectorale samenwerking gezondheid in de stad
    • Evaluatie van lokale of regionale gezondheidsnetwerken of allianties
    • Klimaat, infectieziekten en gezondheid (met Yvette Buist- promovenda aanpak Eikenprocessierups of Henk Broekhuizen-postdoc onderzoeker preventie van vector-overdraagbare ziekten)
    • Politiek en gezondheid: risico‚Äôs en bescherming van kwetsbare groepen

        Caro-Lynn Verbaan, MSc

        • Sustainable food and eating practices, such as the motivation to consume local food
        • Alternative diets (e.g. low-carb, vegan/vegetarian, Mediterranean, etc.) and eating disorders (e.g. orthorexia nervosa or binge eating disorder)
        • Explaining (solutions or interventions for) challenging global health concerns (e.g. climate change, access and availability of care, nutrition, etc.)
        • Global One Health challenges and dilemmas from a social sciences point-of-view

        Dr. Kristina Thompson

        • Socio-economic status, stress, and health outcomes
        • Social and economic determinants of Covid-19 vaccination rates and case rates
        • The impact of recessions and job loss on health outcomes
        • Adverse events in childhood and their relationship to later-life health outcomes
        • The intergenerational transmission of socio-economic status and health

        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:

        On this page you can find the procedure and the forms you need to fill in to apply for an Erasmus+ grant for internship or thesis abroad.