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Psychology: Health and Medical Psychology


Health and Medical Psychology is a new and rapidly developing sub-discipline of Psychology. It can be described as “the aggregate of the specific educational, scientific and professional contributions of the discipline of Psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, the identification of aetiological and diagnostic correlates of health and illness and related dysfunction, and the analysis and improvement of the health care system and health policy” (Matarazzo, 1982).


The major aim of this MSc specialisation is to provide students with a theoretical and practical background for health psychology research and interventions. This includes the acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to health promotion and disease prevention, to the well being of the physically ill and the self-management of chronic diseases. Students acquire advanced research skills by participating in a health psychology research project. Completion of the MSc degree will prepare the student for subsequent academic degrees, including a PhD. Master’s Programme – Health and Medical Psychology.

h4 Curriculum

The curriculum of 60 EC offers a variety of courses and a supervised master thesis. The specialisation consists of:

  • 4 mandatory courses (20 EC)

  • thesis (20 EC)

  • practical internship (10 EC) ánd 10 EC elective course(s) or a clinical practical internship (20 EC)


On Thursday, August 31st, 2017 master’s students enrol for all courses at the Master’s introduction and course enrolment day. At this day the attendance of first year master’s students in Psychology is required if they start with a master’s programme.
Master’s course registration

First year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Compulsory coursework

Basic Therapeutic Skills 5
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 5
Psychological Assessment and Interventions in Chronic Disease 5
Cognitive Behaviour Interventions 5
Master Thesis in MSc. Psychology 20

Choose one of the following options as internship

Clinical Practical Internship Psychology 20
Internal Practical Internship 10
Internship Psychology 10

Recommended electives

If an internship of 10 EC is chosen, add 10 EC electives.
See overview of all electives

Trainers Course Communication Skills 10
Health Psychology in Practice 5
Innovations in eHealth Care 5

More info

Additional information


General coordinator and mentor

Dr. Chris Verhoeven

Thesis coordinator

Dr. Margot van der Doef
Dr. Judy Veldhuijzen

Internship coordinator

Dr. Chris Verhoeven

Student representative

Find your student representative in the overview of programme committee members: Student representative