Master's Degree in General Health Psychology
Following the passing of regulations in our country concerning health psychology, the Master's Degree in General Health Psychology has become an essential requisite to work as a psychologist in the field of health, carrying out assessments, research and interventions with the aim of promoting and improving people's health.
This Master's program from Comillas Pontifical University stands out from the rest since its learning outcomes include intervention strategies concerning psychological problems from different psychology theory perspectives (systemic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral and psycho-dynamic), in order to be able to make proposals on the therapeutic course of action that best suits the situation in hand. Given the wide range of lines of treatment available, this Master's Degree has been allocated 120 ECTS credits.
The program focuses on the professional activity, which is why the subjects taught provide expertise in areas such as the development of the therapeutic process, with special emphasis on the different work methods applied depending on the chosen therapeutic path, psychopathology, psychological treatment according to various individual and relational problems or intervention in chronic health problems. Alongside these scopes of application, the students acquire core knowledge on health psychology and research skills.
Who is it intended for?
The Master's is intended for holders of a Bachelor's or Licentiate Degree in Psychology wishing to acquire the skills required to carry out assessments, diagnoses and interventions in the field of health psychology, also wishing to do so from a varied theoretical perspective that takes into account different, empirically verified approaches.
Admissions process and requirements
Candidates must hold a Bachelor's or Licentiate Degree in Psychology (having been awarded at least 90 credits of health subjects), have a solid academic record and a high level of English.
Following submission of the admission application form along with the required documents, the candidate will be asked to attend an interview in which their profile will be assessed to see whether it matches the conditions required to successfully study this Master's program.
Methods & Objectives
This Master's program aims to provide applied, advanced and specialized training to enable professionals to intervene in the field of health psychology, while also covering research and development of critical and reflective thinking.
Furthermore, Comillas Pontifical University's nature and track-record in psychology training have led us to propose a skills set in the field of health psychology that has the following characteristics:
- Useful and practical.
- With a comprehensive perspective of the human being.
- Committed to relieve suffering and achieve justice.
- Open to the transcendent scope of human nature.
- In continuous pursuit of scientific, teaching and ethical excellence.
- Promoting the acquisition of knowledge and core skills for intervention in health psychology.
- Developing the methodological and information management skills to enable an assessment of the effectiveness of interventions, contact with the scientific community and continuous reviewing of knowledge.
- Fostering acquisition of the interpersonal skills and observance of the code of ethics required to engage in the profession responsibly and providing a quality service.
These features are specified in the following training program objectives:
Our teaching methods are eminently practical and based on case-based learning and internship in the field of health and health intervention.
The supervised internships represent 30 ECTS and are held in the University internship center (UNINPSI) as well as in several other institutions. The activities conducted as part of the internship module include among others: intervention in health psychology problems, development of psycho-educational workshops, psychotherapeutic assessment, and intervention and monitoring of interventions already conducted.
We offer a training program that integrates different theoretical orientations (psycho-dynamic, behavioral, humanistic and systemic) and that during the course of such theoretical and practical training, it allows the student to delve into the field of intervention of their choice (adults, children or families).
It combines working sessions with the lecturer and the students' directed work through seminars to gain a greater understanding of specific topics, content presentation, practical projects and coursework that seek for the students to be able to develop different intervention strategies and techniques according to the problem being addressed.
Along with these sessions, supervised internships will be conducted, combining work sessions on various clinical and health issues with individual and group supervision sessions to expand on the work that they have carried out.
Grants and financial aid
The University, as an institution of the Catholic Church dedicated to all members of society, offers a range of grants and financial aid to its students, to help with study costs and to ensure equal opportunities based on the individual needs of each student.
This aid comes directly from the University, from contributions made by the Comillas-ICAI University Foundation, the Fund of Church Grants, the non-autonomous foundation for candidates to the priesthood and from other organizations and individuals.
Students at the University are eligible for the same benefits as other Spanish university students with regard to school insurance, official grants and other grants.
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Cost & Fees
Alumni will receive a 10% discount.
Last updated September 23, 2017