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Psychology: Development and Health Psychology (track)

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Overeating, drug use, and unprotected sex are behaviors that are the basis of the most important health problems in the western world with an enormous socio-economic impact. Too much stress exacerbates these behaviors. What can we do to prevent unhealthy behaviors and how can we intervene? The Development and Health psychology track offers both the knowledge and skills for prevention and intervention of unhealthy behaviors, and to increase healthy behaviors.

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Study programme

This Master's track will address four of the most important health problems in society today in 4 courses, that start in the first semester:

  • Sex and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Obesity
  • Addiction
  • Stress

These four domains are approached with theoretical knowledge from social, developmental, clinical and biological psychology combined with practical applications. Practical workshops will be offered at the start of each course, and interactive tutorial groups using problem-based learning, focused at state-of-the-art topics within each domain. You will learn to select, adapt and execute appropriate preventive methods or evidence-based interventions, both at the individual and the population level. 

A multidisciplinary approach is taken, highlighting biological, psychological and social dimensions.


Develop skills important in your career

Problem-based learning

You cover the most important health problems in our society

Highly interactive education in small groups


The track provides a sound basis for various positions, such as:

  • Intervention developer
  • consultant or researcher for e-health companies and start-ups 
  • Researcher or graduate student at research institutes and health promotion institutes (prevention and intervention) ; e.g. into employee wellbeing, overeating, burnout, sexual health, motivation, addiction.

Is Development & Health Psychology for you?

Are you interested in:

  • deepening your knowledge and applying this knowledge for the benefit of society? 
  • practical training
  • preventing unhealthy behaviours or increasing healthy behaviours? Both directly (on a personal level) and indirectly?

Then Development & Health Psychology might be the track for you!

Feiten & cijfers
Diploma MSc Psychologie
Vorm Voltijd
Studielast 60 EC, 12 maanden
Voertaal Engels
Start September
CROHO-code 66604