PSYd0141 Clinical psychology: public health research II

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 15 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: z (credit). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Hynek Cígler, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Steriani Elavsky, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Stanislav Ježek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. MUDr. Jan Roubal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. Mgr. Tomáš Řiháček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Zbyněk Vybíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Michaela Juchelková (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Steriani Elavsky, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology – Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Psychology – Faculty of Social Studies
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
This course will provide PhD students in Clinical Psychology with an opportunity to focus on public health issues, typical methodologies used in the field of public health, and to familiarize themselves with areas of public health research that are relevant from the both a clinical perspective as well as prevention. Students will engage in independent study based on recommended literature and will be expacted to expand the sources with additional literatuure related to their specific areas of research. Consultations will focus on critically evaluating scientific studies so that students develop their independent critical scientific thinking and develop their ability to engage in scientific discussions not only on purely psychological issues but also in terms of public health.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course students will: - be able to describe the research methods used in the field of health psychology, public health and to enumerate their limitations. - be able to explain basic psychological principles in human behavior and motivation - be able to characterize relationships between behavior and health - know the terminology of the main psychological terms in English. - will have knowledge of current research methods and topics in health psychology research Upon completion of the course students will be able to: - search for and understand professional primary sources published in the English language and focusing on health psychology, public health, and clinical psychology - integrate methodological approaches and knowledge from the fields of clinical and health psychology and public health to solve research problems related to human behavior and its impact on health, well-being and quality of life. - engage in a scientific discussion on psychological issues in relation to health - popularize the latest knowledge in health psychology and present it among professional and lay public circles (both in Czech and English)
  • Course contents: The course is a continuation of PSY038a. The course involves in-depth study of topics related to students´ primary research areas and proposed publications.
    required literature
  • Marks, D.F., Murray, M. (2015). Health Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice. SAGE publications.
  • Health behavior and health education : theory, research, and practice. Edited by Karen Glanz - Barbara K. Rimer - Frances Marcus Lewis. 3rd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2002, xxx, 583. ISBN 0787957151. info
    recommended literature
  • BROWNSON, Ross C. Evidence-based public health. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, xvii, 293. ISBN 9780195397895. info
  • BRANNON, Linda and Jess FEIST. Health psychology : an introduction to behavior and health. 7th ed. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth, 2010, xx, 570. ISBN 9780495601326. info
  • The handbook of health behavior change. Edited by Sally A. Shumaker - Judith K. Ockene - Kristin A. Riekert. 3rd ed. New York: Springer Pub. Co., 2009, xxxi, 827. ISBN 0826115454. info
  • Health psychology in practice. Edited by Susan Michie - Charles Abraham. 1st pub. London: Blackwell Publishing, 2004, xiv, 416. ISBN 1405110899. info
    not specified
  • From public health to wellbeing : the new drive for policy and action. Edited by Paul Walker - Marie John. 1st ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, xvii, 190. ISBN 9780230278851. info
  • Ethics, prevention, and public health. Edited by Angus Dawson - M. F. Verweij. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007, x, 234 p. ISBN 0199290695. info
  • KERR, Charles, Richard A. TAYLOR and Gregory HEARD. Handbook of public health methods. Sydney: McGraw-Hill Companies, 1998, xvi, 778. ISBN 0074701738. info
Teaching methods
Consultations home work
Assessment methods
Credit will be awarded on the basis of: a) Active participation in consultations and development of interim tasks (60b) b) draft of article, or conference paper (40b).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Spring 2023, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024, Spring 2025.
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