Professional studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

In this study unit the focus lies on the following
Competence for health psychology
Competence for positiv psykology
Behavior changes

Learning outcomes

Knowledge level:
You can define health psychology as a field of
knowledge and explain central health psychology
theories. You can analyze and reflect on various
health psychology theories and their usefulness in
the behavior change process. You can give an
account of positive psychology, as well as its
relation to health work and behavior change. You
can describe concepts such as body awareness,
compassion and self-compassion. You can explain
various health behaviors and risk behaviors such
as stress, sleep, physical activity/inactivity,
eating behavior.

Skill Level:
You can plan, implement and evaluate the
usefulness of the mental training process.
You can plan and carry out a case study, which has
a health-promoting purpose and uses theories from
health psychology.

You understand your ethical responsibilities and
are aware of what falls within your area of

Course contents

Student led practical exercises
Case study

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 10 hours
  • Practical exercises - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 65 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the
following examinations:

Examination 1: Exam
Examination 2: Practical exercise
Examination 3: Case studies
(examinations = exams, demonstrations and
presentations, reports and productions,
essays, as well as attendance on specified

The examinations contribute to the final grade as
Examination 1: Exam: 40%
Examination 2: Practical exercise 20%
Examination 3: Case study 40%

(examinations include written examination tests,
demonstrations and presentations, reports and
produktions, essays, and also presence at
specified occasions)


Vienola Riitta


Vienola Riitta

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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