Master in General Health Psychology

Coined term at Spain for Master in the Psychology’s Clinical field

Program Presentation

The Master in General Health Psychology trains to have a career as a general health psychologist. The general health psychologist is a professional who makes research, assessment and psychological intervention works in the health sector and, consequently, influences the promotion and improvement of the general health status of its recipients. Hence, it is a specialization within the Psychology clinical field.

The Master’s Degree deepens in the most scientifically-proven techniques in the assessment, diagnosis and psychological intervention in children, young people and adults. Furthermore, given its nature, it gives the abilities that are needed as well as broad technical and theoretical knowledge to be a health professional. So, it considers making external internship in famous health care centers, with which the University has signed a collaboration agreement, that enable putting into practice and gain experience in real working contexts.

Who is the programme for?

The Master in General Health Psychology trains the student to have a career in the health sector: with patients diagnosed with different mental disorders or who need psychological support due to other health-related problems. Hence, it is an specialization within the Psychology clinical field.

To have access to these studies, it is essential to be holding an undergraduate/bachelor’s degree in Psychology together with, if necessary, an additional training that ensures that the student has obtained at least 90 (ECTS) health-related credits For that reason, all those who meet this condition and wish to work as this and/or improve their professional competencies.

Diploma

Once the program is completed, the student will obtain the diploma Master  in General Health Psychology issued by the European University of the Atlantic.

Program Structure

The Master in General Health Psychology’s length is 90 credits that contain all the theoretical-practical training that the student needs to have to obtain the Master’s Degree.

The structure of the Master's Degree in General Health Psychology consists of 4 modules, 7 topics and 22 subjects, organized according to the following scheme:

  MODULES TOPICS CREDITSa HOURS
1 basic Scientific and health foundations of health psychology 6 150
2 Specific Mandatory
  • Assessment and intervention in health psychology.
  • Training in basic abilities of the health psychologist.
30 750
Electives B:
  • Areas of application of the health psychology.
  • Practice of psychotherapy and psycho-pharmacology in the health environment.
12 300
3 External Internship External Internship 30 750
4 Master’s Degree Final Project Final Project. 12 300
TOTAL 90 2250

a.One (1) ECTS credit (European Credit Transfer System) corresponds to 25 hours (10 class hours + 15 study hours). If students attending the program are enrolled in a university not belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the relationship between credits - hours may vary.
b. Within these elective subjects there are 12 subjects in total among which students can choose 4, no matter the topic they belong to. The four chosen subjects will be equivalent to 12 ECTS.

Objectives

Throughout the Master in Integrated Management: Environment, Quality and Safety, students will have to develop the following competencies:

  • Acquiring, developing and putting into practice an integral health concept, where its biopsychosocial components fit in, in accordance with the guidelines established by the WHO
  • Applying the bioethics foundations and release method in the professional practice, adjusting their work as health professionals as what is established in Law 44/2003, November 21st, health professions planning.
  • Showing interpersonal communication skills and management of the right emotions for an effective interaction with patients, families and caregivers in the processes of problem identification, assessment, diagnosis’ communication and psychological intervention and follow-up.
  • Critically analyzing and using the clinical information sources.
  • Using and applying information and communication technologies in both the academic and professional field.
  • Writing psychological reports in a way that is appropriate for the intended recipients.
  • Formulating hypotheses in research work and collecting and valuing the information for problem-solving, using the scientific method.
  • Knowing the framework of action of the general health psychologist and knowing to refer to the corresponding specialist.
  • Developing the corresponding work from the perspective of quality and continuous improvement, with the self-criticism capacity required for a responsible and professional performance.
  • Working and communicating with other professionals, and mastering the skills needed to work in teams and in multidisciplinary groups.
  • Getting to know the health personnel obligations and responsibilities in the local legal framework and with regard to the information’s confidentiality and the patients’ information privacy.
  • Deeply knowing the psychological nature of human behavior, as well as the social and biological factors that may affect it.
  • Deeply knowing the psychological nature of the human behavior disorders.
  • Deeply knowing the psychosocial factors associated with health and disease problems.
  • Deeply knowing the biological and psychosocial factors associated with the health conditions, especially those related to the mental health.
  • Deeply knowing the different assessment and intervention models in the General Health Psychology field, as well as the techniques and procedures that derive from it to treat behavior disorders and the psychological factors associated with health conditions.
  • Planning, implementing, and monitoring the process of psychological evaluation of human behavior and psychological factors associated with health problems in order to establish the diagnosis.
  • Designing, developing and monitoring and evaluating plans and programs of psychological intervention, according to the psychological evaluation and concurrent individual and social variables in each case.
  • Knowing the activities that are needed to create, implement and manage a business, its different types and legal, accounting and tax obligations.
  • Mastering the rules in force in the Spanish health field.
  • Performing advocacy and education activities for the individual and community psychological health.

Career Opportunities

Among the career opportunities for the General health psychologist, there is:

  • Psychology centers and psychological intervention cabinets.
  • NGO health organizations in programs aimed at terminally-ill patients, drug addicts, patients in palliative care, etc.
  • Nursing homes.
  • Family and patients associations of people suffering from physical or mental conditions (cancer, diabetes, mental disorders, rare conditions, growth problems, etc).
  • Municipal centers, institutions or centers with health-promotion programs, drug addicts, gender-based violence, etc.
  • Rehabilitation and neuropsychological centers.
  • Rehabilitation centers for the disabled.
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation centers for chronically-ill patients.
  • Addiction treatment and rehabilitation centers.
  • Drivers recognition centers.
  • Firearms license centers.
  • Insurance companies and professional conditions.
  • Penitentiary institutions,
  • Psychological counseling in family courts and forensic courts.
  • Minor care centers.
  • Children development and early care centers.
  • Reception and gender-based victims care centers.
  • Educational and psycho-pedagogical care centers.
  • Special education centers.
  • Children social welfare care and adolescence with a high social exclusion risk centers.
  • Sexual assault victims care centers.
  • Civil protection and intervention equipment in crisis, emergencies and catastrophes.
  • Assisted reproduction private centers and clinics.

Study Plan

The Master in General Health Psychology’s length is 90 credits that contain all the theoretical-practical training that the student needs to have to obtain the Master’s Degree. Estimated completion for the Master's Degree is 3 semesters distributed in two years.

SUBJECTS CREDITS NATURE
Scientific and health foundations of health psychology 3 MAND
Professional foundations of the health psychologist 3 MAND
Assessment and intervention in mental disorders in adults 6 MAND
Assessment and intervention in mental disorders from childhood and adolescence 6 MAND
Neuropsychological intervention and evaluation 6 MAND
Attitudes and skills for the psychological services development in the socio-sanitary environment. 6 MAND
Intervention and evaluation in psycho-gerontology 6 MAND
Intervention in crisis, catastrophes and emergencies 3 EL
Risky behaviors and addictions: diagnosis and individual, group and community intervention 3 EL
Violence and its variants. Psychological, health, institutional and socio-community implications. 3 EL
Sexuality, couple and family 3 EL
Work health. Stressing and psychosocial working risks in the socio-health environment. 3 EL
Intervention in chronic health conditions. Personality and illness. 3 EL
Life cycle, lifestyles and daily life stress: consequences for the individual, community and public health. 3 EL
Design of promotion and prevention campaigns in health 3 EL
Intervention in disability: psychosocial and legal aspects in the socio-health environment. 3 EL
Psychotherapy’s theory and practice update. 3 EL
Psychological intervention: training and psychotherapy in the socio-health environment. 3 EL
Psychopathology’s and psychopharmacology’s updates: different alternatives. 3 EL
INTERNSHIP
External Internship I
12 MAND
External Internship II 18 MAND
FINAL PROJECT
Master’s Degree Final Project
12 MAND

(MAND) - Mandatory
(EL) - Elective

Management

  • Academic Director PhD. Paula Odriozola. Health psychologist, contextual therapy specialist. PhD in Psychology, University of Oviedo and Master’s Degree in Clinical Practice in Mental Health. University professor and researcher in the area of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • PhD. David Gil: Clinical psychologist and PhD in Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Cantabria.
  • PhD. Pamela Parada: PhD in Clinical Psychology and Health. Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Health
  • PhD. Mireia Oliva: PhD in Psychology. Master's Degree in Mental Health and Psychological Therapies. Expert in Neuropsychology.
  • PhD. Mónika Salgueiro: BA in Psychology. PhD in Neurosciences and Specialist in Clinical Neuro-psychology.
  • PhD. David Herrero: PhD in Psychology, Universidad de Deusto. Specialist in Psychophysiology methodology of behavioral sciences.
  • PhD. Juan Luis Martín: Academic Director of the Undergraduate Degree in Psychology at the European University of the Atlantic. Professor and Researcher of the Evolutionary Psychology and Education area.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.