Introduction to Health Psychology
Aim of the course:
The global aim of the course is to provide students with basic but broad knowledge, skills and a
perspective from health psychology.
Learning outcome, competences:
You will acquire knowledge about:
- Various topics within the field of health psychology (see overview below).
- The diverse approaches from health psychology.
- The complexity of health and diseases including different approaches to health, well being and flourishing.
- Links between health psychology and other health sciences.
- Students will acquire a perspective from health-psychology, taking into account the complex interplay between one's physical well being and a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors.
- Students will discover how psychological methods and principles can be applied to increase health and well being, and to help patients manage and cope with chronic illness.
- The foundation will be provided that prepares students for advanced training in health psychology.
Content of the course
Topics of the course:
- Social determinants of health and health inequalities.
- Health-risk and health-protective behaviours.
- Reducing risk of disease.
- Stress, and its relation to health and illness.
- Stress and illness moderators.
- Approaches to managing stress.
- Symptom perception, interpretation and response.
- Illness and quality of life.
- Improving health and quality of life.
Compulsory reading list
Morrison, V. and Bennett, P. (2012). Introduction to Health Psychology (3rd Ed.). Essex:
Pearson Education Limited.