Universität Wien FIND

230151 VO Health and Health Promotion in Organisational Settings (2017W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Der für 7.11.2017 geplante Termin muss leider entfallen

Tuesday 10.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 17.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 24.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 31.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 14.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 21.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 28.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 05.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 12.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 09.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 16.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock
Tuesday 23.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 1.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Sociologists should be especially interested in the relationship of health and organizations. Our present society has been characterized as a “Society of Organizations” and a “Health Society”. Organizations have become more and more central in all spheres of life, and health has become a central societal issue in the last decades. Health impacts of organizations, especially the impact of work on health, has been a core issue of health sciences and public health interventions, especially health protection and disease prevention developed since the 19th century. In the last decades (since the 1980s), health promotion has been promoted by WHO, the World Health Organization, as a new group of public health interventions. Sociology has contributed a lot to this development, particularly concerning the Settings Approach, one of the core strategies of the health promotion approach. Many of these “settings” in which we live our everyday lives, heavily impact on our health. And most of these settings are controlled or at least influenced by organizations. So intervention strategies of the Settings Approach focus try to influence organizational functioning towards optimizing its health impact.
The lecture will focus on settings like workplace, but also human service organizations like hospitals, schools, aged-care residencies etc.
The lecturer has a vast range of experience in research, development and evaluation on the settings approach in different organizational settings, but also students of the Master Program who are writing their thesis in this area are invited to contribute their research project.

Inputs and discussions will include the following issues:
- theoretical and empirical knowledge on impacts of organizations on health
- concepts of health and health promotion
- basic strategies for health promotion interventions in organizational settings, examples from schools, business companies, hospitals and long-term care facilities
- Research on the settings approach: Type and function of research (needs assessment, diagnosis, evaluation, impact analysis, action research etc.), design and methods

Assessment and permitted materials

written final exam; 4 questions (out of a list of 6) have to be answered in text form (short essay)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic understanding of scientific analysis of the impact of organisationd on health of different groups (specific determinants and processes); understanding of the conceptual basis of health promotion interventions in organisational settings; knowledge about practical application and scientific contributions to health promotion in specific organisational settings (workplace, hospitals, schools etc.). This includes needs assessment, development, implementation and evaluation of specific interventions.

Examination topics

Content of the lectures (will be available on the web), basic and selected specific scientific literature

Reading list

Grundlagentexte zu Organisation, Arbeit und Gesundheit, Gesundheitsförderung

Dooris, Mark/Poland, Blake/Kolbe, Lloyd/De Leeuw, Evelyne/McCall, Douglas S./Wharf-Higgins, Joan (2007): "Healthy Settings. Building Evidence for the Effectiveness of Whole System Health Promotion - Challenges and Future Directions.", in: McQueen, David V./Jones, Catherine M. [Eds.]: Global Perspectives on Health Promotion Effectiveness.; pp. 327-352. New York: Springer;

Dragano, N. 2016: Gesundheit und Arbeit. In: Richter, M. & Hurrelmann, K. (Ed.): Soziologie von Gesundheit und Krankheit. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden: 167-182.

Krajic, K., Dietscher, C., Pelikan, J., 2017. Gesundheitsförderung und Krankheitsprävention - soziologisch beobachtet, in: Jungbauer-Gans, M., Kriwy, P. (Eds.), Handbuch Gesundheitssoziologie. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, pp. 1–31. doi:10.1007/978-3-658-06477-8_10-1

Kühl, Stefan (2011): Organisationen. Eine sehr kurze Einführung. VS Verlag Wiesbaden

Pelikan, Jürgen M. (2007): "Gesundheitsförderung durch Organisationsentwicklung. Ein systemtheoretischer Lösungszugang.", in: Prävention und Gesundheitsförderung, 2007(2), pp. 74-81.;

Pelikan, Jürgen M. (2011). Zur Entwicklung eines gesundheitsfördernden Settings. In W.Dür & R. Felder-Puig (Eds.), Lehrbuch Schulische Gesundheitsförderung (pp. 63-72). Bern: Hans Huber.

Ausgewählte Texte zu Gesundheitsförderung in spezifischen Settings.

Dooris, M. & Doherty, S. 2010. Healthy universities - time for action: a qualitative research study exploring the potential for a national programme. Health Promotion International, 25, (1) 94-106

Krajic, K, Cichocki,M & Quehenberger, V.: Health-promoting residential aged care: a pilot project in Austria. Health Promotion International (2015) 30 (3): 769-781

Paulus, P. (2003). Schulische Gesundheitsförderung – vom Kopf auf die Füße gestellt. Von der Gesundheitsfördernden Schule zur guten gesunden Schule. In K. Aregger & U. P. Lattmann (Hrsg.), Gesundheitsfördernde Schule: Eine Utopie? Kozepte, Praxisbeispiele,Perspektiven (S. 93-114). Luzern: Sauerländer.

Pelikan, J.M., Krajic, K., & Dietscher, C. 2001. The health promoting hospital (HPH): concept and development. Patient Education and Counseling, 45, (4) 239-243

Pelikan, J. M., Dietscher, C., Krajic, K., & Nowak, P. 2005, "18 Core Strategies for Health Promoting Hospitals (HPH)," In Health Promotion in Hospitals: Evidence and Quality Management, O. Groene & M. Garcia-Barbero, eds., World Health Organization, pp. 46-63.

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