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Psychological perspectives on health

This course provides knowledge about psychological perspectives on health. The aim is to link existing psychological domains (e. g. personality psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, and developmental psychology) to the health area and to provide an overview of specific health psychological theories.

The student will, among other things, learn how to identify and explain relevant concepts in the health psychological domain and to analyse a public health problem with both a psychological and a health psychological theory.

After the course the student will be able to apply a health psychological approach to a public health problem.

  • Course structure

    For detailed course information, please see the course description: PH16A0 Course description, Autumn term 2021 (254 Kb) .

    More information will also be distributed to all registered students through Athena.

    Teaching format

    The teaching will be based on lectures and seminars. Participation in the seminars is mandatory. In case of absence, the student will be given compensatory assignments.

    The course will be taught in English.

    Course managers

    Peter Wennberg and Viviane Straatmann


    The course is examined through an individually written take-home exam and active participation in the seminars.

    The examination will be in English.

    For more detailed information the examination and the grading system and criteria, please see the course description (above under Course structure).

    If the student has a certificate from Stockholm University which recommends special pedagogical support, the examiner has the right offer the student alternative forms of examination.


    Peter Wennberg

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    Due to the current situation with the corona virus, all teaching at the Department of Public Health Sciences will be held online for the first period of the Autumn term, until October 31st.

    The schedule for this course will be presented to all registered students in Athena, and in the course description (available above under 'Course structure').

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Study counsellor
    Study administrator
    Coordinator, master's programme
    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels