HSO-20806 Health Psychology

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture24
Tutorial2
Practical6
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. KT Verkooijen
Lecturer(s)dr. KT Verkooijen
FK Garcia
Examiner(s)dr. KT Verkooijen

Language of instruction:

Dutch

Assumed knowledge on:

MCB-10806 Introduction to Social Psychology.

Contents:

Students will get acquainted with theories and research methods common in the field of health psychology. Topics that are addressed centre around two themes:
- 1) predicting and changing health behaviour;
- 2) coping with stress and illness.
During the course, students work in small groups on a research assignment including quantitative data collection, statistical analysis with SPSS, and scientific writing.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- comprehend the field of health psychology, its merits and limitations;
- reproduce and apply basic concepts and theories to understand (and change) health and illness behaviour;
- collect and analyse quantitative data concerning (determinants of) health behaviour;
- write a proper scientific research report.

Activities:

- lectures;
- SPSS practical;
- research-assignment;
- presentation and self-study.

Examination:

- written examination (60%);
- research assignment (40%).
To pass both marks need to be at least 5.50.

Literature:

Morrison, V. & Bennett, P. (2012). An Introduction to Health Psychology. 3rd ed. Pearson Education Limited, Essex, England. ISBN: 9780273735199.
Obligatory literature will be provided through MyPortal.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc3WD
MinorPeriod
Compulsory for: WUCHSBSc Minor Communication, Health and Society3WD