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Health Psychology in Practice


Admission requirements

Master’s students Psychology preferably with specialisation Health psychology, Occupational Health Psychology or Clinical Psychology.


This elective course is developed to familiarize psychology students with health psychology in practical settings. Six practising health psychologists will describe in the sessions the background and essential tasks of:

  • their work

  • covering primary health care

  • health promotion

  • counselling

  • coaching

  • psychology in general hospitals

  • rehabilitation settings

  • and paediatric psychology.
    In addition, students will receive practical assignments from each health psychologist related to a case, assessment, consultation, intervention or other professional action.

Course objectives

  • Students get to know the backgrounds and essential tasks of health psychologists in practical settings

  • Students will get a better perspective of future jobs and requirements to acquire these jobs

  • Students acquire skills concerning diagnosis, counselling, interventions or health promotion through assignments

  • Students learn to reflect and comment on health psychology practice


Health Psychology in Practice (2012-2013):

Mode of instruction

  • 6 lectures (2 hours)

  • 6 work groups, with (group)assignments (4 hours)

  • Final end paper

NB. Presence in all sessions is obligatory, missing one session (when announced beforehand and with reason) can be compensated with an alternative assignment. Missing more sessions is not allowed.

Assessment method

The grade will be composed of the final end paper (80%) and assignments (20%).

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


Information on

Reading list

  • Michie, S Abraham, C. (2004). Health psychology in practice (recommended)

  • Additional reading materials will be posted on blackboard


Course enrolment

Students need to enrol for the course via uSis on the master’s introduction and course enrolment day that takes place at the start of each semester. Please, consult the master’s agenda Psychology.

Contact information

Dr. C. Verhoeven
Room 2B49
Tel: +31 (0)71 527 4069