2023-2024 / PSYC0520-1

Introduction to health psychology


15h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in motor sciences2 crédits 


Aurélie Wagener

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with psychology by making them aware of the scientific approach of this discipline. The course will aim above all to address key notions of health psychology (e.g., risk compensation, attribution theory), certain health models and their articulation with sports psychology. Students will also be made aware of the relationship that personality can have with sports practice. In addition, students will benefit from lessons on group dynamics. Finally, students will be made aware of the clinical approach in psychology (e.g., prevention) and to technological innovations in healthcare. Finally, this course will present the main currents that have shaped the current landscape of psychological sciences. 

Beyond theoretical notions, concrete examples will be used throughout the course sessions.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to understand the key concepts of health psychology and to differentiate it from sports psychology. They will also be made aware of the nuances that exist between received ideas and ideas resulting from scientific research in psychology (e.g., importance of the scientific method).

He will know the main theoretical perspectives in psychology (e.g., personality) and will be able to understand the different conceptions of psychological functioning. He will have a better representation of the supports that can be used in connection with sports practice.

He will have knowledge from the psychology of health allowing him to understand the issues - for example - of engaging in a sporting activity.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  • Ex-cathedra courses
  • eLearning
  • Reading of scientific papers
The slides will be posted on the dedicated course area on MyULiege and/or Teams and/or eCampus.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Blended learning

Additional information:

  • Ex cathedra courses
  • eLearning
  • Reading of scientific papers

Recommended or required readings

  • Slides
  • Personal notes
  • Articles and book chapters will be provided to students.
Useful ressources (not mandatory !) :

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

- Remote

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

Written exam - in presence - in January and August.
For multiple choice questionnaire, the teacher keep the opportunity to suppress some questions which turns out to be ambiguous or misleading, in favor of the whole group.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

- Schedule and location is defined by the secretariat

- In comparison to 2022-2023, the course program and its content have been modified


Aurélie Wagener, aurelie.wagener@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

The MOOC entitled 'Agir pour sa santé (Y1)' is associated with this course.