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Health Psychology: From Research to 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 illustrate how research in Health and Medical Psychology is translated and applied in clinical practice, and to familiarise psychology students with important concepts in the field of Health and Medical Psychology in practical settings. The course consists of 7 interactive lectures, in which students will meet with researchers, clinicians and patients.

Each week, we will cover a different topic regarding the connection between the mind, body, and social environment. Students will familiarise themselves with the research and theory regarding each topic through a knowledge clip or video. This will prepare them for the interactive lectures, which will be more practically oriented. Some examples of the diverse topics we will cover are: How can we make use of placebo effects in clinical practice? How does stigmatisation affect the lives of people with chronic health conditions? What does the field of palliative care entail, and how can we help others deal with loss?

Furthermore, students will learn more about the code of conduct and will explore their options regarding future career opportunities through two course assignments (see Assignment Method)

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student can:

  • explain the backgrounds and essential tasks of (health and medical) psychologists in practical settings

  • explain, discuss and reflect on topics and interventions regarding the connection between mind, body, and social environment

  • apply knowledge and skills regarding topics in health and medical psychology in practical situations

  • see the complexities of communication (e.g., bias effects)

  • describe and reflect on how ethical guidelines can apply to a variety of jobs in health and medical psychology

  • reflect and comment on their own motivation, skills and knowledge in relation possible future careers and job requirements


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable



Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course.


You must register for each exam in My Studymap at least 10 days before the exam date. You cannot take an exam without a valid registration in My Studymap. Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

Mode of instruction

The course consists of seven 2-hour lectures. No weblectures will be available.

Assessment method

The final grade is based on:
1. an individual final paper (60%) in which students will explore possible future career paths and reflect on what they have learned during each lecture of this course,
2. a group assignment (40%) on the code of conduct.
Both assignments need to be ≥5.0 or retaken after feedback (because the assignment is the same a maximum grade 6 can be obtained). 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. All students are required to take and pass the Scientific Integrity Test with a score of 100% in order to learn about the practice of integrity in scientific writing. Students are given access to the quiz via a module on Brightspace. 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 interactive lecture, literature and other forms of preparation materials (e.g., knowledge clips) will be announced on Brightspace. These readings and preparation materials need to be integrated in the final paper.

EFPA Code of Ethics (European ethical guidelines for psychologists)

NIP Code of Ethics (Dutch ethical guidelines for psychologists)

Contact information

Dr. Sylvia van Beugen
Unit of Health, Medical and Neuropsychology
Room 2A05