Why this programme

Health Psychology & Digital Interventions

What does this study entail?

The master Health Psychology & Digital Interventions focuses on leveraging scientific knowledge and technology to promote healthy behaviours and improve care. Our aim is to help you use psychological insights, evidence-based theory and the design thinking process to create innovative interventions and technological solutions (eHealth).

For anyone interested in how to promote (mental)health or influence behaviour

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers you one of the best master programmes in Psychology in the Netherlands. This master track is for anyone with an interest in the psychology of behaviour change, and the use of digital interventions to promote (mental)health or influence behaviour. In this master you will learn:

  • how you can use psychological theory to design and evaluate effective interventions
  • how technology can be leveraged to provide unique solutions for an increasingly complex society

Together with our experts, you will take on the challenge to analyse, investigate, and solve complex behavioural problems. You will start with exploring how psychological processes are linked to behaviours, and how we can use these insights to design interventions that promote healthier choices.

Become an all-round professional

This master trains you to become an all-round professional who is able to apply scientific knowledge in practice. Graduates have an advantage because of their good theoretical basis and excellent research and practical skills.

Is this the right programme for you?

How do you motivate people to exercise more, eat better, and reduce their bad habits? Once motivated, how do you help individuals achieve their goals? How can we effectively use technology to design innovative solutions for health or societal problems? In the master track Health Psychology and Digital Interventions, we try to answer these sorts of questions.

During this master track you will study the latest trends in designing (digital) behavior change interventions. You will also gain knowledge about health psychology and behaviour change theories and techniques. You will explore how a systematic intervention design support the development of more impactful interventions. You will discover how to use a design thinking process and how gamification and persuasive design can be used to increase user engagement with an intervention program or digital platform. You will also gain practical skills for designing, implementing, and evaluating digital interventions, including how to collaborate effectively with multiple stakeholders, such designers, software developers, and policy makers. The research interests of this specialisation include behaviour change theories, health promotion and prevention, persuasive system design and the applied use of new technologies and research methods, such as wearable technologies and ecological momentary assessments.

Active education

The education in the master is organised on a small scale. In addition to regular lectures, you will learn in small groups about influencing people’s choices and the potential of health promotion technology. An integral part of the programme is the ability to familiarise yourself with the skills of a professional health psychologist and digital intervention specialist. These skills involve collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, the development and execution of a procedure for intervention development, and the carrying out of applied psychological research on digital interventions. In the second half of the year, you will be given the opportunity to do a practical and research internship and independently carry out empirical research leading to your graduation thesis.

Health Psychology & Digital Interventions
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Testimonials

Tonka Milošević

Tonka Milošević

Tonka Milošević - Student Health Psychology & Digital Interventions

This program made me more hopeful about the future and showed me I can help make it a better one for everyone!
Tonka Milošević
This program made me more hopeful about the future and showed me I can help make it a better one for everyone!

 

The first few courses can obviously be intimidating no matter what your master track is, but it doesn’t take long before you get to understand what you will be working on in the following months. From then on it just gets more exciting!

I chose this master track because the combination of Health Psychology, which is one of the better applied psychology fields, and Digital Technology, which is ever so present nowadays, seemed very interesting and also highly useful. This master track exceeded my expectations because I wasn’t fully aware what I was getting into. Therefore, finding out along the way all the cool and fun things we get to learn about and how they can be used in the real world was a really nice surprise.

As time went by and we heard from all the exquisite guest lecturers and the projects they are working on, I found myself saying: “Woah, I will have a chance to do some super cool stuff after this, while also helping a great number of people!”

I see myself as working in a team that’s dedicated to making positive changes in at least one aspect of life. I would love to work on designing digital interventions (like applications or websites) that matter and have that be my way of making the world a better place, no matter how big or small the impact may be. I am excited to start my professional life in the eHealth work field!

Dr. Marilisa Boffo, Prof. Semiha Denktas and André Mamede Soares Braga

The HPDI-team

In this new master track we focus on the intersection between behaviour and digital technology, by looking at the two sides of digitalisation: as an instrument to influence human behaviour, but also as a factor affecting how that behaviour unfolds.
In this new master track we focus on the intersection between behaviour and digital technology, by looking at the two sides of digitalisation: as an instrument to influence human behaviour, but also as a factor affecting how that behaviour unfolds.

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