Minor Programme

Health Psychology and Applied Technology

Health and well-being is of essential importance for everyone. We feel comfortable with a well- functioning body and mind. People try to maintain good physical and mental health, aim to improve health by changing their health behaviours or try to find beneficial coping strategies in case of being ill. Health psychology provides knowledge about coping with acute and chronic diseases and understanding how to motivate people to change their health behaviours. Applied technology can support the change in behaviours via persuasive designs and can motivate and support people to realize their goals.

Bachelor final year

Faculty of Behavioural Management and Social Sciences

Social Sciences


Quartile 1A

120 EC finished, relevant domain-specific prior knowledge


IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL iBT 80

To be paid at home institution

The Courses

This module offers an introduction in theory and practice of health psychology with emphasis on the innovative use of applied technology in various health care settings.

Project: EHealth applied to chronic illness

In the project of this module you will learn to redesign an existing face-to-face groups program for patients with chronic somatic disease and to prepare program elements for online use. By working on this project you learn what it means to have a chronic illness, how psychological techniques can be used to improve coping with limitations and how you can use these techniques in a web based program. Furthermore you learn to integrate different design models to develop (e)health interventions.

For this project you need knowledge on chronic illness, on coping and quality of life, on intervention techniques and on the application of technology to help people to adjust successfully. This knowledge you will discover in the theory component of this module. In order to really design web based elements you need skills which you can acquire in the design & research line of the module.

Theory component: Health psychology and eHealth

The theory component offers an introduction in health psychology. It will provide you with background information about health psychology, persuasive technology and design principles that will be applied in the design & research component and the project of this module. Through lectures, tutorials and study assignments you will learn about the main psychological theories and models to explain and influence health behaviours, and gain an understanding of what it means for people to become ill and to live with a chronic disease. You will learn what methods can be used to promote health behaviours such as not smoking, healthy eating or exercising. It will be discussed how we can support patients to cope with chronic disease and live a satisfying and meaningful life.

Special attention will be given to the innovative use of technology to promote health behaviour and adaptation to disease. You will learn about the principles of persuasive technology and the systematic design of eHealth interventions.

Design and Research component: Methods for design and measurement in Health Psychology

The design & research component consists of two parts, that share the technological focus. First, in a series of 4 tutorials and practicals students obtain experience with methodologies for user-centred design of eHealth technology. These include performing a contextual analysis, applying human centred design techniques such as prototyping, and usability testing. The second part involves a workshop in which students learn to program and work with response- latency software to measure implicit processes underlying health behaviour. Students become acquainted with recent theoretical advances in dual process models of behaviour. The link between both parts is technology. In user centred design the focus is on how to tailor eHealth interventions to needs of both users as stakeholders. In the workshop ICT is applied in psychometrics

How to apply

To apply for an exchange programme, you will have to follow these seven steps:

1. Pre-application phase: 6 - 4 months before arrival

2. Nomination: 6 - 3 months before arrival

3. Application phase: 6 - 3 months before arrival

4. Assessment phase: 4 - 2 months before arrival

5. Acceptance or rejection: 3 - 2 months before arrival

6. Preparation to arrival phase: 3 - 1 month(s) before arrival

7. Upon arrival and during your stay at the UT

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