Summer Course

Intervention Mapping: Designing Theory-based and Evidence-based Programs July 3-7 | 2023


The organiser of this course is the section Applied Social Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Department of Health Promotion/CAPHRI of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.


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 Intervention Mapping to a specific case during the course and with transfer to participants’ own projects. Intervention Mapping is an approach for the design of health promotion and behavior change 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 a specific health problem during the course. Participants will be able to design their own effective theory-based and evidence-based prevention intervention for that issue as well as ask for consultations on their own projects.


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

Course format

Plenary sessions will cover the principles and processes of Intervention Mapping and include examples of health promotion programs that have successfully applied Intervention Mapping. 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.

Applicant profile

Enrolment in the Summer Course Intervention Mapping is open to participants with a degree or comparable training in public health or behavioral sciences and 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 language of instruction in the course is English.


The summer school will be held in Maastricht, on the premises of Maastricht University (Universiteitsingel 40).

Fee and payment

The course fee is € 1.500,- and includes the book.

Bartholomew Eldredge, L.K., Markham, C. M., Ruiter, R.A.C., Fernández, M.E., Kok, G. & Parcel, G.S., (2016). Planning health promotion programs: An Intervention Mapping approach (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN (hardcopy): 978-1-119-03549-7; ISBN (epdf): 978-1-119-03556-5; ISBN (epub): 978-1-119-03539-8

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 the Klinkhamer Group.


Monday 3 July 2023

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

Tuesday 4 July 2023

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

Wednesday 5 July 2023

  • Selecting intervention methods
  • Translating behavior change methods into practical applications
  • Small group work
  • Afternoon free

Thursday 6 July 2023

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

Friday 7 July 2023

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

Besides the official program, feel free to ask for opportunities to ask questions about your own project.

Course leaders

Robert A.C. Ruiter (Work & Social Psychology) and Rik Crutzen (Health Promotion/CAPHRI), Maastricht University.

Further information

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


You can register here.