HSO-20806 Health Psychology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work7
Course coordinator(s)dr. KT Verkooijen
Lecturer(s)dr. KT Verkooijen
FK Garcia
Examiner(s)dr. KT Verkooijen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MCB-10806 Introduction to Social Psychology and YRM-10306 Research Methods in the Social Sciences


Students will get acquainted with theories and research methods common in the field of health psychology. Topics that are addressed centre around three themes:
1) predicting and changing health behaviour;
2) coping with stress and illness;
3) mental health.
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.


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


- written examination (50%);
- research assignment (50%).
To pass both marks need to be at least 5.50.


Obligatory literature will be provided in Brightspace.

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