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Health Psychology in Practice


Entry requirements

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


This course is developed to familiarise psychology students with health psychology in practical settings. Six 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 a private practice.
In addition, students receive practical assignments from each 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 and 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

Mode of instruction

The course consists of 7 2-hour lectures and 6 3-hour work group sessions.

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.


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

Assessment method

The final grade is based on: a final paper (70%) and in-between-assignment (30%).

The Institute of Psychology follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of this fraud policy.

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’ 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