New free online course on Health Behaviour
As of 14 May, people from all over the world can follow a little part of our university’s education through a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Health & Health Behaviour. This MOOC provides an introduction to the field of Health Psychology.
The course is set up to be of interest for a broad range of people in the general population. The course is freely available and can be started at any time. It consists of online lectures, readings, assignments and expert interviews, and it takes about 20 hours to complete in total.
Health & Health behaviour contains four modules, addressing the effect of our behaviour, our emotions, and our environment on our health status. The main focus is on what happens in these domains when we become ill, and how health care professionals can use insights from health psychology to provide patients optimal support in coping with (chronic) illness.
This form of education offers a beautiful new change to spread our knowledge. It is interesting to see how many people we will reach, but it is definitely a new and exciting way to spread our knowledge. At day 1 over 800 people have already enrolled via online learning platform Coursera.
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The MOOC Health & Health Behaviour is also part of a new interdisciplinary and blended master's programme on Population Health Management, which starts in 2020 in collaboration with the LUMC.
This course was developed by the Unit of Health, Medical and Neuropsychology, by Rosalie van der Vaart and Yvette Ciere, with support of Dorottya Erdos and the Centre for Innovation, and input from Andrea Evers, Winnie Gebhardt, Sandra van Dijk and Sasja Huisman.