Intervention Mapping Summer Course 2018

Intervention Mapping: Designing Theory-based and Evidence-based Programs
July 9-13, 2018


The summer course is organized by the Applied Social Psychology section of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University.


The summer course will focus on developing theory-based and evidence-based interventions applied to health promotion and disease prevention. The emphasis of this course will be on applying the Intervention Mapping process. Intervention Mapping is a protocol for the design of health education & promotion programs, guiding health promoters through a series of steps that will assist them in theory-based and evidence-based program development.


Course participants will apply Intervention Mapping to selected health promotion issues as examples. As a result, participants will be able to design their own effective theory-based and evidence-based prevention intervention for that issue as well as for other health problems. Participants may ask for consultations on their own projects.


Introduction to, and application of Intervention Mapping; orientation to health promotion; approaches to using theory; health promotion program case examples; review of theories used in health promotion.


Plenary sessions will cover the principles and processes of Intervention Mapping and include examples of health promotion programs that have successfully applied the Intervention Mapping process. Small groups will discuss and apply the process to the selected health promotion topics. The Wednesday afternoon will be free. Participants can receive individual counselling on their own topic of interest.


Upon completion of the course participants will receive a certificate conditional upon their active participation.


Enrollment in the summer course intervention mapping is open to participants with a degree or comparable training in public health with an interest in health promotion. Individuals who are responsible for the development and evaluation of health promotion programs are especially encouraged to apply.


The maximum number of participants is 50 (acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis).


The official language of the course is English.


The course will be held on the premises of the Maastricht University in Maastricht. Maastricht is situated in the southern-most part of The Netherlands, approximately 200 km from Amsterdam, 5 km from the Belgian border and 35 km from Germany. Cities like Brussels, Cologne and Bonn are only 100 km from Maastricht, while Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Paris are easily accessible. Maastricht is the oldest and, with its wealth of historic buildings, one of the most attractive cities in The Netherlands.


The course fee is € 1.500,- and includes course materials on USB as well as the course book, catered lunches and refreshments, social program on Tuesday and course dinner on Thursday.

Accommodation is available and ranges from very modest establishments to luxurious hotels.

Please note that if you intend to participate in the Summer University Course Health Communication and Health Promotion from 2 July to 6 July, 2018 you will receive a discount of € 200,- on the Intervention Mapping course fee. Please send an e-mail to for more information.

Payment of the course fee must be made in advance. Registration only becomes definitive once payment is received. All payments, indicating the participant’s family name and the course must be remitted in Euros and made payable to Klinkhamer Group.

To apply for the course, please go to and fill in the form. You will receive a confirmation and invoice afterwards. In the case of international money transfers, any additional expenses incurred by the participant will be his/her ow responsibility. In the case of cancellation before May 1, 2018, 80% of the course fee will be refunded. No refunds will be given after May 1, 2018. In case of cancellation of the course, hotels, flights, etc. are the sole responsibility of the course participant.


  1. Logic Model of the Problem
  2. Program Outcomes and Objectives – Logic Model of Change
  3. Program Plan
  4. Program Production
  5. Implementation Plan
  6. Evaluation Plan

The 4th edition of the book: Bartholomew, L.K., Markham, C.M., Ruiter, R.A.C., Fernàndez, M.E., Kok, G., & Parcel, G.S. (2016). Planning Health Promotion Programs: An Intervention Mapping Approach (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley will be used in the course. Participants will receive the book on the first morning of the course. Participants are advised to read in advance: Schaalma, H. & Kok, G., 2009. Decoding health education interventions: The times are a-changin’ Psychology & Health, 24, 5-9, and: Ruiter, R.A.C., Massar, K., Van Vugt, M. & Kok, G., 2013. Applying social psychology to understanding social problems. In: A. Golec de Zavala & A. Cichocka, Eds, Social psychology of social problems: the intergroup context, pp. 337 362. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. We will send you the two articles.


Monday 9 July 2018

  • Orientation to Intervention Mapping
  • Needs assessment
  • Small group work
  • Approaches to using theory
  • Overview of theories used in health promotion

Tuesday 10 July 2018

  • Writing performance objectives
  • Writing change objectives
  • Small group work
  • Evening: city walk

Wednesday 11 July 2018

  • Selecting intervention methods
  • Translating methods into strategies
  • Small group work
  • Afternoon free

Thursday 12 July 2018

  • Organising strategies into programs
  • Planning for program adoption and implementation
  • Small group work
  • Evening: course dinner

Friday 13 July 2018

  • Planning for program evaluation
  • Small groups
  • Epilogue and evaluation
  • 2.30 p.m.: closing


Gerjo Kok and Robert A.C. Ruiter, Dept. Work & Social Psychology, Maastricht University;

Guy S. Parcel, Nell H. Gottlieb, Christine M. Markham and Maria E. Fernández, School of Public Health, University of Texas at Houston (TX).


If you require any further information concerning the course, please contact the course secretariat via e-mail:


To apply for the course, please go to and fill in the form. You’ll receive a confirmation and invoice afterwards.