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Study programme

Psychology: Development and Health Psychology

Course Catalogue

In the Course Catalogue you can find a description of the contents of the programme and the description of the individual courses.

Course Catalogue

This Master's programme combines theory with practical applications, with an open eye on the possibilities to use modern technology (e.g., e-health). It combines elements of social, developmental and experimental psychology with applications to health issues that are currently on the top of the list in our society. Students will learn to systematically analyze different health problems, select, adapt or design and execute appropriate interventions and analyze their effectiveness.

Important health problems

In this Master's programme, content domains will be addressed covering four of the most important health problems in our society today:

  • Sex and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Addiction
  • Stress
  • Obesity

Practical workshops

Practical workshops will be offered at the start of each content domain: Students will learn (1) intervention mapping, a protocol for developing effective behavior change interventions, and (2) statistics/methods to analyze changes in health behavior.

Students will also attain hands-on experience with (3) programming online interventions, and will be given training in  (4) motivational interviewing,  which is an important evidence-based method to motivate behavior change.

Problem-Based Learning

In this Master's track, the highly interactive education model Problem-Based Learning (PBL) will be used, which will develop skills important in your career such as knowledge acquisition, assertiveness, problem-solving,  communication and group collaboration.

Multidisciplinary

In all topics a multidisciplinary approach is taken, highlighting biological, psychological and social dimensions. In addition, a developmental perspective is taken, as behavior changes over the lifespan. Finally, practical/societal problems and consequences are discussed.

At the end of this Master's track, students will be able to:

  • approach practical health problems based on state-of-the-art theory and methods
  • design, execute and evaluate theory-driven intervention programs  (e.g., e-health)

Certification

As this is not a clinical Master’s track, completing it does not qualify you for clinical certification in the form of a Basisaantekening Psychodiagnostiek (Basic Qualification in Psychodiagnostics, a certificate issued by Dutch Institute for Psychologists) or a GZ-aantekening