The Master in "Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication", jointly offered by the Institute of Communication and Health of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UNISR), presents a new joint Master's program through training in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and communication. The program focuses on the intersection between the theoretical bases of cognitive psychology and those of communication applied to the context of health.

Students who choose this specialization will get a strong biological, methodological and statistical training, acquiring also knowledge in management. The specialization will familiarize students with the latest research and practice in cognitive psychology and provide a modern preparation to lead and influence change in health in today's diverse communities.

Goals and Contents

The master's program is designed to train students who will understand the causes of health-related behaviors and who will also be able to design new and effective interventions to prevent disease and promote health.

The entire master's program takes advantage of synergies and complementarities between the two Universities, USI and UNISR, and offers excellent competences in teaching and research. This Master offers a high degree of innovation thanks also to the advanced technologies available on site in the two universities in terms of high-tech equipment, data centers, laboratories, and health facilities.

Study Program

This full-time study program comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters.

The program is organized into 4 units, called 'modules', over two years. The first module covers mainly classes in Health Communication and research methods; the second module covers topics in advanced cognitive psychology and neurosciences; the third module covers topics in management, strategy, and consumer behavior. In the fourth semester, students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under joint supervision of Faculties of UNISR/USI.

During the fall semesters (I and III), students will attend classes taught at USI, whereas courses in spring semesters (II and IV) will be taught at UNISR.

Over the two years, students will be supported by an active tutoring service and will cumulate extra credits participating in seminar activities, ongoing research projects, and laboratory activities.

My career after this Master

Psychology in Communication and Health is a rapidly growing field, which is in need of professionals to provide psychological services to those with medical illness. We anticipate that graduates from the program will work in clinics and governmental health organizations, NGOs or other health domains. Furthermore, training in this Master program is designed to produce students who can design novel and effective interventions to prevent disease and promote health.

Entry requirements

The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication is a Bachelor's degree in Psychology granted by a recognized university.

Up to 30 students will be admitted to the master's program. Admission depends on the final grade of the bachelor's degree in Psychology.

Students, without a Bachelor's degree in Psychology interested in obtaining the Master of Science degree in Cognitive Psychology in Communication & Health, must acquire at least 88 ETCS at Bachelor's level in Psychology at Università Vita Salute San Raffaele.

Candidates with a Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied sciences may be admitted with a study debt of 30-60 extra ECTS to be earned:

  • with Bachelor's courses at USI which can be attended during the Master studies (please note that bachelor's course at USI are taught in Italian).
  • with Bachelor's courses at another recognized University prior to starting the Master studies. The university and list of courses to attend have to be agreed with the Director of the Master.
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Last updated January 31, 2019
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