Jessica Vandenbosch


Jessica Vandenbosch holds a master degree in psychological sciences obtained in 2016 at the Université catholique de Louvain. Her master thesis focused on nutritional behaviors, food labels and the risk of counterproductive effects of simplifying nutrition-related information for consumers. Throughout her master studies as a research intern, she had been involved in different research projects under the supervision of Stephan Van den Broucke. These projects were mainly related to health literacy, a concept referring to individuals’ knowledge and skills to access, understand, and critically assess health information from various sources in order to apply them and make informed health-related decisions to maintain or improve their health and quality of life. She had collaborated on the Diabetes literacy project (2012-2015), funded as part of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program for Research (FP7), that aimed to assess the effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness) of different type of diabetes self-management education programs and the moderating role of health literacy. Another project was in collaboration with the health insurance fund Mutualité chrétienne and aimed to investigate the relationship between health literacy and the use of healthcare services in Belgium. Since her graduation, she has been working on a research project in collaboration with the first psoriasis day care centre in Wallonia (Clinique Sainte-Elisabeth, CHU-UCL Namur). This project aimed at assessing the effects of the care received by psoriatic patients with regards to their satisfaction, health literacy level, disease knowledge, and their quality of life. Currently, she is working as a research assistant at the University catholique de Louvain as part of the European project IC-Health “Improving digital health literacy in Europe”. This project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, aims at creating a series of online courses to help European citizens to search and find accurate and reliable health information on the Internet, in order to make appropriate health-related decisions and be more empowered in their health self-management. For instance, IC-Health’s online courses provide guidelines on how and where to find relevant and reliable health information online, how to effectively use search engines and sort the results obtained, how to assess the reliability of health information and how to distinguish accurate information from misleading, false or commercially oriented information.

Main interests and research domains: health literacy, digital health literacy, online health information seeking behaviors, critical thinking regarding online health information, self-management of chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes)


  • Vandenbosch, J., Broucke, S. V. den, Schinckus, L., Schwarz, P., Doyle, G., Pelikan, J., … Terkildsen-Maindal, H. (2018). The impact of health literacy on diabetes self-management education. Health Education Journal, 0, 1-14.
  • Vandenbosch, J., Van den Broucke, S., Vancorenland, S., Avalosse, H., Verniest, R., & Callens, M. (2016) Health Literacy and the Use of Healthcare Services in Belgium. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 0, 1–7. doi:10.1136/jech-2015-206910
  • Vandenbosch, J., Van den Broucke, S., Vancorenland, S., Avalosse, H., Verniest, R., & Callens, M. Health Literacy and the Use of Healthcare Services in Belgium: Results from a National Survey. Oral presentation at the 3rd European Health Literacy Conference, 18th November 2015, Brussels, Belgium.