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Stress, recovery, and health

This course provides knowledge about psychological and biological processes with respect to stress, recovery, and health. The aim is to provide knowledge of theories, models, and concepts within the area of stress, recovery and health.

After the course, the students will know how stress and health are interrelated at all levels (from the cell via the individual to the society) and be able to reflect critically on the potential negative consequences of stress. 

The course covers physiological and psychological stress reactions, stress and the nervous system, stress and the immune system, stress and health, psychosocial factors and stress, stress at work, individual differences in stress and stress-related health problems, coping with stress, sleep(loss) and recovery.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

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

    The course will be taught in English.

    For detailed course information, please see the course description:

    PH17A0 Course description, Autumn term 2022 (112 Kb)

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

    Course managers

    Wessel van Leeuven and Loretta Platts


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

    The examination will be in English.

    For more information, please see the course description.


    Jonas Landberg

  • 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.

    Please note that the first link is directed to students taking the course as a freestanding course and the second link to students taking the course within the Master's programme for Public Health Sciences.

    The course schedule will also be available to regsietered students in Athena.

  • 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