Core Courses

Design and Persuasive Health Technology

In this course, you will gain insight into the possibilities of the latest health technologies, such as personal mobile sensors, virtual coaching applications, serious games, smart glasses, and wearables. Special attention will be given to the question of how to reach ‘hard-to-reach’ populations – such as groups with a low socioeconomic status (SES), adolescents and illiterates – by applying the strategies of Entertainment-Education (EE). You will learn how to design engaging technology for real health problems in a multidisciplinary team, gaining valuable practical experience about engaging collaboration across disciplinary borders. By working on project assignments, linked to research going on at our Centre for eHealth & Wellbeing, you will apply persuasive design theory and entertainment education strategies to support health and well-being.

Public Health Psychology

This course will teach you all about promoting a healthy lifestyle in the general public. Primary prevention (healthy diet, safe sex, no smoking), secondary prevention (early help seeking and participation in screening), and specific health issues and risk groups, will all be addressed in the course. You will learn how to systematically plan and design an evidence-based health promoting intervention. The course will also help you develop your skills in collecting relevant evidence, identifying relevant determinants of health behaviour, selecting and implementing appropriate behaviour change techniques, and achieving successful dissemination of an intervention on a large scale and practice stakeholder management in complex intervention projects. In order to prepare you to be a state-of-the-art professional, we will acquaint you with new techniques, including innovative web-based technology and you will learn to negotiate your plans with relevant stakeholders. Also, you will have the opportunity to get familiar with the current professional field of public health psychology. You will also meet an inspiring public health practitioner through our guest lecture series.

Behavioural Medicine

In this course, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the interaction between mental and physical processes in people with somatic disorders. Topics will be related to the patient’s ‘illness journey’ and will include: symptom interpretation and help-seeking behaviour; coping with the stress of becoming ill; patient-provider communication; pain and pain management; adherence to treatment and self-management; informal caregiving; and terminal (or palliative) care. You will learn to identify potential psychological interventions in the care process for a particular disease, examining several contemporary, mainly digital, -interventions that have been the subject of scientific study. You will also learn about developmental stages from a life-span perspective and discover the impact of illnesses on patients in different life phases. As a Behavioural Medicine specialist, you will become sensitized to age-appropriate approaches and practice with successfully communicating your insights.

Advanced Research Methods for PHT

This course teaches Master’s students advanced skills in conducting and reporting research in technology-oriented clinical and health psychology. You will gain insight into state-of-the-art academic and applied research, learning how to solve dilemmas in everyday research practice with a keen eye for reliability, validity and implementation value. A combination of lectures, tutorials, a reader, home assignments, and online micro-lectures will provide guidance about dealing with the main issues involved in conducting research. The tutorials will offer you hands-on knowledge about a variety of advanced research methods. The final assignment consists of a research paper or proposal on the basis of one selected research method.

Elective Courses

  • Learning and Instruction
  • Risk and Leadership in Societal and Technological Contexts
  • Cognition and Technical Systems


Semester 1

Semester 2

Quartile 1A

Quartile 1B

Quartile 2A

Quartile 2B

5 EC

Public Health Psychology


5 EC

Advanced Research Methods for Psychology, Health and Technology



5 EC

Behavioural Medicine



5 EC

Design of Persuasive Health Technology1


35 EC

Master Thesis and (if applicable) Internship2


5 EC

Elective Course2 1 out of 3:

- Learning and Instruction1

- Cognition and Technical Systems: Intelligent systems

- Risk and Leadership in Societal and Technological Contexts 1

1 This course is offered twice a year, in Quartile 1A and Quartile 2A.

2 Students choose one of the courses


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