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Course module: 202100305
Human Factors in Healthcare
Course infoSchedule
Course module202100305
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. S. Borsci
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Contactperson for the course
dr. S. Borsci
dr. R.W. Chan
dr. M. Groenier
dr. R.H.J. van der Lubbe
Academic year2023
Starting block
RemarksThe maximum of student who can register for the course is 35.
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Taking part in this course will enable students to apply a Human Factors Approach to Healthcare Settings. They will: 
  • get an introduction to the basics of human factors engineering in healthcare.
  • get an introduction to usability engineering and learn to perform usability testing on medical devices.
  • get an introduction in and experience factors affecting human performance in minimally invasive surgery.
  • get an introduction to cognitive task analysis and apply this to healthcare situations .
  • get an introduction to the systems engineering initiative for patient safety.
  • familiarize themselves with methods for understanding and improving the workflow and the interaction among people and between people and technology in the context of healthcare.
  • learn to evaluate the relevance of anthropometry and physiology, and design while taking into account stress, fatigue, and workload management.
  • learn to create persona’s and prototyping in the medical context for a specific medical device.
Connection to the work field
They will be introduced to and learn to apply several different human factors approaches relevant for health care situations.
The course Human Factors in Healthcare will introduce students to the basics of human factors engineering in healthcare. We will focus on usability engineering and methods to test medical devices. Students will also be introduced to minimally invasive surgery and get experience in factors affecting performance in such tasks. They will get familiar with cognitive task analysis methods and its relevance for healthcare conditions. Furthermore, they will learn about a systems perspective relevant for patient safety and will learn methods to understand and improve the workflow in healthcare settings. They will also learn about the relevance of anthropometric and physiological methods, and approaches to deal with stress, fatigue and overload. Finally, students will learn to apply persona’s and prototyping in the medical context for a specific medical device. At the end of each week an assignments has to be completed consisting of several questions that deal with the relevant materials from that week. At the end of the course, there will be the possibility to take part in tests that may compensate for failed assignments.
Bachelor students who have the possibility to take a master’s course during their bachelor’s programme and would like to take this course can submit a motivated request no later than four weeks before the start of the quartile, containing:
  • Study progress overview from Osiris
  • Description of how the student meets the course’s prerequisites
  • Approval of the programme director (or a delegate from the bachelor’s programme) for following this master’s course
The request should be sent to Manon te Vaarwerk (email: AND Marleen Janssen (email:
Assumed previous knowledge
This course was designed for max 35 students
Students should have completed their bachelor or alternatively successfully completed the course Module 6 Human factors and engineering psychology
Participating study
Master Psychology
Required materials
Recommended materials
Sethumadhavan , A., Sasanghohar, F. Design for Health Application of Human Factors. ISBN: 978-0-12-816427-3
Wiklund, M., Kendler, J.A., Strochlic, A. Usability Testing of Medical Devices.ISBN-13: 978-1-4665-9589-7
Crandall, B., Klein, G. A., & Hoffman, R. R. (2006). Working minds: A practitioner's guide to cognitive task analysis. ISBN: 9780262532815
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes


Weekly tests

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