Elective Course - Health Psychology - Psychosocial Aspects of Health

Course content

After introducing the scope of health psychology and this course will explore the biopsychosocial and lifespan perspectives to the maintenance of health and prevention of disease.  The course will introduce participants to the dominant theories, models and paradigms current in the field.  The influence of some of the broad domains of psychology (developmental, social, individual differences, biological) on health will be explored, and how these shape and inform the practice of public health, health promotion and approaches to addressing the social disparities in health.        

Learning outcome

The purpose of these modules is to expand knowledge or put the psychological subject area into perspective through theoretical or empirical specialisation within subject areas within or related to psychology.

Upon completion of the elective subject module within the Department of Psychology, students are able to:

  • describe and account for relevant concepts and themes within the elective subject
  • describe and account for relevant methodological approaches in relation to the subject matter for the elective subject
  • explain contexts, analyse and/or conduct procedures relevant to the elective subject under supervision.


Each class will start with an introduction (around 30min) by the lecturer. Then, a group of students is responsible for presenting and discussing some research with regard to the topic of the class (around 45min). Finally, each class will end with a discussion (led by the lecturer) about potential new studies in the field.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Extent of written assignment: Maximum 14 pages.

Based on the groups’ topic, each student must submit a final exam which not only summarizes the relevant literature, but also sketches a new study idea in more detail (e.g., deriving hypotheses, describing methods on how to conduct a study). Again, the exact details will be presented in the first class.

The exam can only be taken individually.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • English
  • 30