The overarching goal of this course is that: Students will learn how to approach challenges in medical psychology from a scientist – practitioner perspective.
Learning objectives: After this course, students will be able to.
1. Integrate theory, research, and clinical practice within the field of Medical Psychology
2. Evaluate the current state-of-the art of medical psychology research and use this knowledge in medical science
3. Give recommendations for overcoming important barriers within medical psychology and how other sciences can be used in finding solutions to overcoming these barriers
4. Have the skill to discuss the role of medical psychology in the advancement of national and global health
5. Explain and discuss the complexity of (lifetime) health behaviors and disease management.
Exclusively for students who fulfill the requirements of the master Medical Psychology.
To achieve the goals in this course, students will write a paper in which a prominent theory relevant to medical psychology (e.g., the trans-theoretical model of behavior change, social cognitive theory, or the health belief model) will be applied to the understanding of a specific health care problem (e.g., cardiovascular disease or cancer) and its treatment (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, increasing physical activity levels, dietary interventions).
Lecture goals expand on these general course goals in terms of content, skill training and application of content, and evaluation and synthesis of content. The general course goals are targeted and expanded in each specific-topics lecture
• The field of Medical Psychology
• Theory behind research
• Contribution of other sciences to medical psychology
• Lifetime perspective
• Prevention and global health
• Risky behaviors
• Coping and self-management
In addition to the lectures, students will write an individual paper integrating therory and research in medical psychology (see syllabus for details).
Type of instruction:
Lectures and feedback on individual paper
Type of exams
A combination of multiple choice and open questions
Please see syllabus for details