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Health Psychology in Practice


Admission requirements

Open only for MSc students Health psychology, Occupational Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology.


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

  • their work

  • covering primary health care

  • health promotion

  • counseling

  • coaching

  • psychology in general hospitals

  • rehabilitation settings

  • and pediatric 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 (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

  • 6 lectures (2 hours)

  • 6 workgroups, with (group)assignments (4 hours)

  • Final endpaper

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 endpaper (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


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

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