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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 the field of health and medical 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/or a private practice.
In addition, students receive (in class) practical assignments from each psychologist related to a case, an assessment, a consultation, an intervention or another professional action. The code of conduct and further orientation to ones future job are included in the assignments.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, students will:

  • Know the backgrounds and essential tasks of (health and medical) 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 ethics 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 seven 2-hour lectures and six 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. No weblectures will be available. A maximum of 40 students can participate in this elective. In case of more applicants, students of the specialisations HMP, OHP and CP will get precedence.


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




Students need to enroll for lectures.
Master’s course registration

Assessment method

The final grade is based on: an individual final paper (70%) and one group assignment (30%). %). Both assignments need to be ≥5.0 or retaken after feedback (because the assignment is the same a maximum grade 6 can be obtained). Individual feedbacksessions are scheduled within 2 weeks after the grades are published. No resits are available when the final grade is >5.5.

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

Before each workgroup an article will be announced on Blackboard. These readings need to be integrated in the final paper.

APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct (American ethical guidelines for psychologists),

NIP Code of Ethics (Dutch ethical guidelines for psychologists),

Contact information

Dr. Chris Verhoeven