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Health Psychology in Practice


Entry requirements

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


This course is developed to familiarise psychology students with health psychology in practical settings. 6 practising health psychologists will describe the background and essential tasks of:

  • their work;

  • covering primary health care;

  • health promotion;

  • counseling/ coaching;

  • PhD trajectory;

  • psychology in general hospitals;

  • rehabilitation settings; and

  • paediatric psychology.

In addition, students receive practical assignments from each health psychologist related to a case, an assessment, a consultation, an intervention or another professional action.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will:

  • know the backgrounds and essential tasks of (health) psychologists in practical settings;

  • have a better perspective of future jobs and requirements to acquire these jobs;

  • have acquired knowledge and skills concerning diagnosis, counseling, interventions and health promotion through assignments; and

  • be able to reflect and comment on their own motivation, skills and knowledge in relation to possible future careers


For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Psychology timetables




Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration

Exchange/Study abroad

For admission requirements contact your exchange coordinator


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

  • 6 2-hour lectures

  • 6 3-hour work group sessions with (group) assignments

  • Homework assignments

  • Final paper

Presence in all sessions is mandatory, missing 1 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 paper (80%) and assignments (20%).

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

  • Dorresteijn, T.A.C., Zijlstra, R.G.A., Van Eijs, Y.J.J., Vlaeyen, J.W.S., Kempen, G.I.J.M. (2012). Older peoples’s preferences regarding programme formats for managing concerns about falls. Age and Ageing, 41, 474-481.

  • Hagger, M.S. & Orbell, S. (2003). A meta-analytic review of the common-sense model of illness representations. Psychology and Health, 18(2), 141-184.

  • Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Bourbonnais, R., Viens, C, Vézina, M., Durand, P.J. & Rochette, L. (2005). Improving the psychosocial work environment. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 49(6), 655-664.

  • Perestelo-Perez, L.(2013). Standards how to develop and report sytematic reviews in psychology and health. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 13, 49-57.

  • Additional reading materials are posted on Blackboard.

Contact information

Dr. Chris Verhoeven