Equivalent of first year psychology at Leiden and succesfull completion of the course Stress Health and Illness (Stress, Gezondheid en Ziekte) or an equivalent. For information, please contact one of the study counselors of Psychology
This is a 7 week course with weekly lectures and workgroups. The focus of the lectures is on health promotion (First 3 weeks) and on disease prevention, coping with and intervention in chronic disease (last 4 weeks). During the lectures theoretical models (resp. concerning health promotion, stress-coping with chronic disease and psychological interventions in chronic disease) are introduced and illustrated by means of practical examples. In the workgroups (seminars) students are requested to produce a health promotion leaflet on a specific self-chosen topic (part1) and to diagnose and treat psychosocial problems of a chronic patient (part 2).
Topics of the lectures are:
Health promotion and primary prevention of disease
Explaining and changing health behaviour;
Health promotion at the work site;
Symptom perception, illness behaviour and adherence to medical advice
Pain and pain management;
Diagnosis of psychosocial consequences of and coping with chronic disease;
Psychological interventions in chronic disease.
The workgroups are as congruent as possible with the lectures.
Insight in relevant psychological concepts, models, diagnosis and interventions with respect to health and illness behaviour..
Applying principles of health promotion to various areas of application.
Insight in psychosocial consequences of chronic disease and psychological with a focus ons elf-management and quality of life in patients suffering from chronic diseases.
Health Psychology (2013-2014) is given twice per year, once from November till January and once from February till April:
Semester 1: lectures in English, workgroups in English and Dutch
Semester 2: lectures in Dutch, workgroups in Dutch
Mode of instruction
Lecture : 7 weekly lectures of 3 hours each. Work Group: 7 weekly sessions of 3 hours each. In addition students must complete assignments in relation to some work group sessions. The course is offered in the first and in the second semester. Attendance to the workgroups is mandatory.
Essay exam with open questions.
Presence at work group sessions is compulsory, as well as the Work Group assignments.
Exam content: Chapters of Morrison & Bennet, power point slides of the lectures and additional literature posted on blackboard (see blackboard).
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 blackboard.leidenuniv.nl
Morrison V. & Bennet P. (2009/2012). An Introduction to Health Psychology. Pearson / Prentice Hall, Harlow.
Reader Health Psychology (available on Blackboard)
Registration for the (re)exam is not automatic. Students, who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the (re)exam
You have to enroll for each course separately.
Read more on the electives (in Dutch)
Or contact Dieuwerke de Groot, study counselor for international students
dr. V. De Gucht
Unit Clinical, Health and Neuropsychology, room 2B44
Tel. +31 (0)71 527 3746
dr. V. Janssen
Unit Clinical, Health and Neuropsychology, room 2B49
Tel. +31 (0)71 527 3676