Elective Course - Health Psychology in non-clinical settings

Course content

Health Psychology investigates the psychological and behavioral processes in health and healthcare. What are the psychological, behavioral, and cultural factors affecting individuals’ perceptions and behaviors with regard to health and healthcare, such as preventive behaviors? What are key theoretical models describing these relationships? This course aims to provide an understanding of the interplay between physical well-being and a variety of social, psychological, and biological factors. Research-based examples will be presented to illustrate the topics and provide material for discussion. The classes will include structured lectures covering key concepts, and group activities promoting engagement with other students and the lecturer.


Learning outcome

The purpose of this module is to expand knowledge and put the psychological subject area into perspective through theoretical and empirical specialization within the area of health 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 area of health psychology
  • describe and account for relevant methodological approaches in relation to health psychology
  • explain contexts, analyze and/or conduct procedures relevant to health psychology under supervision.

The format of the classes will be mainly lecture and discussions, with an initial introduction to the topics, followed by discussions based on research articles and group activities

Not relevant
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Final exam: an individual written assignment that can be written in groups of up to 3 students.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Vejledende karakterbeskrivelser                       

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • English
  • 30