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.

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: 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”
  • Ageing in a supportive environment
  • Ageing society and 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
  • Understanding (un)healthy behaviour by unravelling the interaction between individuals and their social and physical environment 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:

    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.