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Study plan of the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication (MPHC) 

The study plan (also study plan or study curriculum) of the Master includes information on the structure of the programme.

 

 

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  • Study plan 2022-2024

    The study programme promotes a cross-sectoral approach in four semesters. Modules at USI and UNISR are subdivided into thematic areas that include compulsory and elective courses.

    Elective courses, extra credits and integrative training represent a flexible part of the programme allowing students to deepen either the research and clinical aspects of cognitive psychological aspects or to focus on health communication.

    The programme includes 120 ECTS with modules in Psychology, Communication and Management as detailed in the table below. A student must also acquire during the programme at least 8 ETCS of electives courses. Thesis (18 ETCS) and field project (6 ECTS) are compulsory and must focus on psychology.

    The programme is organized in 4 semesters:

    • The first semester covers mainly classes in Health Communication and Research Methods;
    • The second semester covers topics in advanced Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience;
    • The third semester covers topics in Management, Strategy, Organizational Behavior, and other topics in the area of Health Communication.
    • During the fourth semester, students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under the joint supervision of the Faculties of UNISR/USI.

    During the fall semesters (1st and 3rd), students will attend classes taught at USI, whereas courses in spring semesters (2nd and 4th) will be taught at UNISR.

    Over the two years, students will be supported by an active tutoring service and will cumulate extra credits and integrative psychological training, participating in seminar activities, ongoing research projects, and laboratory activities, practical activities held at hospital San Raffaele and in the neurology and psychology department at UNISR.

    First Semester (USI)

    ECTS

    Experimental Design and Analysis of Psychological Data

    6

    Health Communication

    6

    Learning and Memory

    6

    Fundamentals of Global and Public Health

    3

    Psychometrics

    3

    Health Campaign Development and Evaluation

    3
       

    Second Semester (UNISR)

     

    Advances in Behavioral Neurosciences

    12

    Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology

    6

    Decision Making and Behavior

    9
       

    Third Semester (USI)

     

    Accounting

    3

    Corporate Strategy

    6

    Organizational Behaviour

    6

    Advanced Research Design

    3

    Electives (8 ECTS)

     

    Social Marketing

    6

    Health Policy

    3

    Interpersonal Communication and Health

    3

    Digital Health

    3
       

    Fourth Semester (UNISR)

     

    Advanced Modelling in Psychology

    4

    Health Psychology

    6

    Social Psychology

    6

    Field Project

    6

    Thesis

    18
       

    Electives courses and integrative psychology training

     

    Health Informatics

    4

    Loss Trauma and Emotions

    2

    Neuropsychology

    2

    Neurosciences in Organizations

    2

    Theory and Methods in Clinical Assessment

    4

    Personality Characteristic and Variability in Social Adaptation

    2

    Psychiatrics and Clinical Psychology (Extra credits)

    7

    Integrative Training in Psychology

    6

    Industry & Institutions Perspectives: Stakeholders in the Swiss Health System (USI)

    3
       

    TOTAL ECTS

    120

    Please be aware that changes in the study programme may occur.

    Second body:

    MODULE I: PSYCHOLOGY AND RESEARCH METHODS

    Compulsory (61 ECTS):

    • Learning and Memory, 6 ECTS, 1st Semester USI
    • Fundamentals of Global and Public Health, 3 ECTS, 1st Semester USI
    • Psychometrics, 3 ECTS, 1st Semester USI
    • Experimental Design and Analysis of Psychological Data, 6 ECTS, 1st Semester USI
    • Health Campaign Development and Evaluation, 3 ECTS, 1st Semester USI
    • Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology, 6 ECTS, 2nd Semester UNISR
    • Decision Making and Behavior, 9 ECTS, 2nd Semester UNISR
    • Advances in Behavioural Neurosciences, 12 ECTS, 2nd Semester UNISR
    • Advanced Modelling in Psychology, 4 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR
    • Health Psychology, 6 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR
    • Social Psychology, 6 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR

    Electives courses and integrative psychological training (min 8 ECTS max 21 ECTS):

    • Neuropsychology, 2 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR
    • Health Informatics, 4 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR
    • Loss trauma and emotions, 2 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR
    • Neurosciences in Organizations, 2 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR
    • Theory and Methods in Clinical Assessment, 4 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR
    • Personality Disorders, 2 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR
    • Psychiatrics and Clinical Psychology (integrative), 7 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR
    • Integrative training in Psychology, 6 ECTS, 4th Semester UNISR

     

    MODULE II: HEALTH COMMUNICATION
    Compulsory (12 ECTS):

    • Health Communication, 6 ECT, 1st Semester USI
    • Advanced Research Design, 3 ECTS, 3rd Semester USI

    Electives courses in Health Communication (12 ECTS: max 9):

    • Social Marketing, 6 ECTS, 3rd Semester USI
    • Interpersonal Communication in Health, 3 ECTS, 3rd Semester USI
    • Industry & Institutions perspectives: Stakeholders in the Swiss Health System, 3 ECTS, 4th Semester USI
    • Digital Health, 3 ECTS, 3rd Semester USI

     

    MODULE III: IN MANAGEMENT (15 ECTS)
    Compulsory:

    • Corporate Strategy, 6 ECTS, 3rd Semester USI
    • Accounting, 3 ECTS, 3rd Semester USI
    • Organizational Behavior, 6 ECTS, 3rd Semester USI

     

    Compulsory Field Project in Psychology (6 ECTS), 4th Semester UNISR/USI
    Compulsory Thesis in Psychology (18 ECTS), 4th Semester UNISR/USI

  • Study plan 2021-2023

    The programme is organized in 4 semesters:

    • The first semester covers mainly classes in Health Communication and Research Methods;
    • The second semester covers topics in advanced Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience;
    • The third semester covers topics in Management, Strategy, Organizational Behavior, and other topics in the area of Health Communication.
    • Along the fourth semester, students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under the joint supervision of Faculties of UNISR/USI.

    During the fall semesters (1st and 3rd), students will attend classes taught at USI, whereas courses in spring semesters (2nd and 4th) will be taught at UNISR.

    Over the two years, students will be supported by an active tutoring service and will cumulate extra credits and integrative psychological training, participating in seminar activities, ongoing research projects, and laboratory activities, practical activities held at hospital San Raffaele and in the neurology and psychology department at UNISR.

     

    First Semester (USI)

    ECTS

    Epidemiology and Psychometrics

    6

    Health Communication

    6

    Learning and Memory

    6

    Quantitative Methods in Public Health

    3

    Qualitative Methods in Public Health

    3

    Social Marketing

    6
       

    Second Semester (UNISR)

     

    Advances in Behavioral Neurosciences

    12

    Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology

    6

    Decision Making and Behavior

    9
       

    Third Semester (USI)

     

    Accounting

    3

    Corporate Strategy

    6

    Organizational Behaviour

    6

    Electives (8 ECTS)

     

    Advanced Research Design

    3

    Health Campaign Development and Evaluation

    6

    Industry & Institutions Perspectives: Stakeholders in the Swiss Health System

    3

    Interpersonal Communication in Health

    3

    Digital Health

    3
       

    Fourth Semester (UNISR)

     

    Advanced Modelling in Psychology

    4

    Health Psychology

    6

    Social Psychology

    6

    Field Project

    6

    Thesis

    18
       

    Electives courses and integrative psychology training

     

    Health Informatics

    4

    Loss Trauma and Emotions

    2

    Neuropsychology

    2

    Neurosciences in Organizations

    2

    Theory and Methods in Clinical Assessment

    4

    Personality Disorders

    2

    Psychiatrics and Clinical Psychology

    7

    Integrative Training in Psychology

    6
       

    TOTAL ECTS

    120

    Please be aware that slight changes in the study programme may occur.

     

  • Study plan 2020-2022

    Study plan of the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication - curriculum 2020-2022

    The study programme promotes a cross-sectoral approach in four semesters. Modules at USI and UNISR are subdivided into thematic areas that include compulsory and elective courses.

    Elective courses, extra credits and integrative training represent a flexible part of the programme allowing students to deepen either the research and clinical aspects of cognitive psychological aspects or to focus on health communication.

    The programme includes 120 ECTS with modules in Psychology, Communication and Management as detailed in the table below. A student must also acquire during the programme at least 8 ETCS of electives courses. Thesis (18 ETCS) and field project (6 ECTS) are compulsory and must focus on psychology.

    The programme is organized in 4 semesters:

    • The first semester covers mainly classes in Health Communication and Research Methods;
    • The second semester covers topics in advanced Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience;
    • The third semester covers topics in Management, Strategy, Organizational Behavior, and other topics in the area of Health Communication.
    • Along the fourth semester, students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under joint supervision of Faculties of UNISR/USI.

    During the fall semesters (1st and 3rd), students will attend classes taught at USI, whereas courses in spring semesters (2nd and 4th) will be taught at UNISR.

    Over the two years, students will be supported by an active tutoring service and will cumulate extra credits and integrative psychological training, participating in seminar activities, ongoing research projects, and laboratory activities, practical activities held at hospital San Raffaele and in neurology and psychology department at UNISR.

    First Semester (USI)

    ECTS

    Epidemiology and Psychometrics

    6

    Health Communication

    6

    Learning and Memory

    6

    Quantitative Methods in Public Health

    3

    Qualitative Methods in Public Health

    3

    Social Marketing

    6
       

    Second Semester (UNISR)

     

    Advances in Behavioral Neurosciences

    12

    Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology

    6

    Decision Making and Behavior

    9
       

    Third Semester (USI)

     

    Accounting

    3

    Corporate Strategy

    6

    Organizational Behaviour

    6

    Electives (8 ECTS)

     

    Advanced Research Methods in Health Communication

    3

    Health Campaign Development and Evaluation

    6

    Industry & Institutions Perspectives: Stakeholders in the Swiss Health System

    3

    Interpersonal Communication in Health

    3
       

    Fourth Semester (UNISR)

     

    Advanced Modelling in Psychology

    4

    Health Psychology

    6

    Organizational and Social Psychology

    6

    Field Project

    6

    Thesis

    18
       

    Electives courses and integrative psychology training

     

    Health Informatics

    4

    Physical and Physiological foundations of consciousness in neurosciences

    3

    Loss Trauma and Emotions

    2

    Neuropsychology

    2

    Psychiatrics and Clinical Psychology

    7

    Integrative Training in Psychology

    6
       

    TOTAL ECTS

    120

    Please be aware that slight changes in the study programme may occur.

  • Study plan 2019-2021

    Study plan of the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication - curriculum 2019-2021

    The programme is organized in 4 semesters:

    • The first semester covers mainly classes in Health Communication and Research Methods;
    • The second semester covers topics in advanced Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience;
    • The third semester covers topics in Management, Strategy, Organizational Behavior, and other topics in the area of Health Communication.
    • Along the fourth semester, students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under joint supervision of Faculties of UNISR/USI.

    During the fall semesters (1st and 3rd), students will attend classes taught at USI, whereas courses in spring semesters (2nd and 4th) will be taught at UNISR.

    Over the two years, students will be supported by an active tutoring service and will cumulate extra credits and integrative psychological training, participating in seminar activities, ongoing research projects, and laboratory activities, practical activities held at hospital San Raffaele and in neurology and psychology department at UNISR.

     

    First Semester (USI)

    ECTS

    Epidemiology and Experimental Design in Psychology

    6

    Health Communication

    6

    Learning and Memory

    6

    Quantitative Methods in Public Health

    3

    Qualitative Methods in Public Health

    3

    Social Marketing

    6
       

    Second Semester (UNISR)

     

    Advances in Behavioral Neurosciences

    12

    Advanced Models for Social and Psychological Sciences

    4

    Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology

    6

    Decision Making and Behavior

    9
       

    Third Semester (USI)

     

    Accounting

    3

    Corporate Strategy

    6

    Organizational Behaviour

    6

    Electives (8 ECTS)

     

    Advanced Research Methods in Health Communication

    3

    Health Campaign Development and Evaluation

    6

    Health Policy

    3

    Industry & Institutions Perspectives: Stakeholders in the Swiss Health System

    3

    Interpersonal Communication in Health

    3
       

    Fourth Semester (UNISR)

     

    Health Psychology

    6

    Social Psychology

    6

    Field Project

    6

    Thesis

    18
       

    Electives courses and integrative psychology training

     

    Health Informatics

    4

    Neurosciences in organizations

    2

    Loss Trauma and Emotions

    2

    Neuropsychology

    2

    Psychiatrics and Clinical Psychology

    7

    Theory and Methods in Clinical Assessment

    4

    Integrative Training in Psychology

    6
       

    TOTAL ECTS

    120

    Please be aware that slight changes in the study programme may occur.

     

     

  • Study plan 2018-2020

    Study plan of the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication - curriculum 2018-2020

     

    The programme is organized in 4 semesters:

    • The first semester covers mainly classes in Health Communication and Research Methods;
    • The second semester covers topics in advanced Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience;
    • The third semester covers topics in Management, Strategy, Organizational Behavior, and other topics in the area of Health Communication.
    • Along the fourth semester students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under joint supervision of Faculties of UNISR/USI.

    During the fall semesters (1st and 3rd), students will attend classes taught at USI, whereas courses in spring semesters (2nd and 4th) will be taught at UniSR.

    Over the two years, students will be supported by an active tutoring service and will cumulate extra credits and integrative psychological training, participating in seminar activities, ongoing research projects, and laboratory activities, practical activities held at hospital San Raffaele and in neurology and psychology department at UNISR.

     

    First Semester (USI)

    ECTS

    Health Communication

    6

    Social Marketing 

    6

    Research Methods in Health Communication

    3

    Qualitative Research Methods in Health Communication

    3

    Epidemiology and Experimental Design in Psychology

    6

    Learning and Memory

    6
       

    Second Semester (UNISR)

     

    Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology

    6

    Decision Making and Behavior

    9

    Advanced Models for Social and Psychological Sciences

    4

    Advances in Behavioral Neurosciences

    12
       

    Third Semester (USI)

     

    Organizational Behaviour

    6

    Corporate Strategy

    6

    Accounting

    3

    Electives (max 9 ECTS)

     

    Interpersonal Communication in Health

    3

    Efficacy of Health Communication via Media

    3

    Health Policy

    3

    Introduction to Public Health

    3

    Industry & Institutions Perspectives: Stakeholders in the Swiss Health System

    3
       

    Fourth Semester (UNISR)

     

    Health Psychology

    6

    Organizational Psychology

    6

    Electives (min 8 ECTS, max 21 ECTS)

     

    Psychopathology

    4

    Neuropsychology

    4

    Developmental Psychology

    2

    Health Informatics

    4

    Integrative module (extra credits)

     

    Psychiatrics and Clinical Psychology

    7

    Integrative Training in Psychology

    6
       

    4th Semester UNISR/USI

     

    Field Project

    6

    Thesis

    18
       

    TOTAL ECTS

    120

     

    Changes in the study plan may occurr. In case of discrepancies, or for any legal purpose, the study plan indicated by the Director or the Programme Manager of the Master shall prevail.

     

     

  • Study plan 2017-2019

    Study plan of the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication - curriculum 2017-2019

     

    This full-time study programme comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters.

    The programme is organized into 4 units, called 'modules', over two years. The first module covers mainly classes in Health Communication and research methods; the second module covers topics in advanced cognitive psychology and neurosciences; the third module covers topics in management, strategy, and accounting. In the fourth semester students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under joint supervision of Faculties of UNISR/USI.

    During the fall semesters (I and III), students will attend classes taught at USI, whereas courses in spring semesters (II and IV) will be taught at UNISR.

    Over the two years, students will be supported by an active tutoring service and will cumulate extra credits participating in seminar activities, ongoing research projects, and laboratory activities.

     

    Sem. I - 
    Autumn semester 
    2017/18
    (USI)
    Health Communication Schulz 6
    Research Methods in Health Communication Nakamoto 3
    Qualitative Research Methods in Health Communication          Hannawa 3
    Social Marketing Suggs 6
    Epidemiology and Experimental Design Di Serio 6
    Learning and Communication Malgaroli 6

     

    Sem. II - 
    Spring semester 
    2018
    (UNISR)
    Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology Bruno 6
    Recent Advances in Behavioral Neurosciences      Malgaroli-Abutalebi 12
    Statistical Models for Social Sciences Brombin 4
    Judgment and Decision Making in Health Schulz-Ferini Strambi 9

     

    Sem. III - 
    Autumn semester 
    2018/19
    (USI)
    Organizational Behaviour                                                           Wezel 6
    Corporate Strategy Prato 6
    Accounting Calciolari 3
    Electives 8

     

    Sem. IV - 
    Spring semester 
    2019
    (UNISR/USI)
    Organizational Psychology                                                         Pantaleo 6
    Health Psychology Di Mattei 6
    Field Project/Laboratories 6
    Thesis 18

     

    Total ECTS                                                                                                                            120

     

    Changes in the study plan may occurr. In case of discrepancies, or for any legal purpose, the study plan indicated by the Director or the Programme Manager of the Master shall prevail.

  • Study plan 2016-2018

    Study plan of the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication - curriculum 2016-2018

     

    This full-time study programme comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters.

    The programme is organized into 4 units, called 'modules', over two years. The first module covers mainly classes in Health Communication and research methods; the second module covers topics in advanced cognitive psychology and neurosciences; the third module covers topics in management, strategy, and accounting. In the fourth semester students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under joint supervision of Faculties of UNISR/USI.

    During the fall semesters (I and III), students will attend classes taught at USI, whereas courses in spring semesters (II and IV) will be taught at UNISR.

    Over the two years, students will be supported by an active tutoring service and will cumulate extra credits participating in seminar activities, ongoing research projects, and laboratory activities.

     

    Course ECTS
       
    Semester I (USI)  
    Health Communication 6
    Research methods in Health Communication 3
    Qualitative Research Methods in Health Communication 3
    Social Marketing 6
    Epidemiology and Experimental Design 6
    Learning and Communication 6
       
    Semester II (UNISR)  
    Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology (Bruno-Sulpizio) 6
    Recent Advances in Behavioral Neurosciences (Malgaroli-Cugnata) 9
    Statistical Models for Social Sciences (Brombin-Cugnata) 4
    Judgment and Decision Making in Health (Schulz-Perna-Galimberti) 9
       
    Semester III (USI)  
    Organizational Behaviour 6
    Corporate Strategy 6
    Accounting 6
    Electives 8
       
    Semester IV (UNISR/USI)  
    Thesis 18
    Field Project/Laboratories 6
    Health Psychology 6
    Organizational Psychology 6
       
    Total 120

     

    Changes in the study plan may occurr. In case of discrepancies, or for any legal purpose, the study plan indicated by the Director or the Programme Manager of the Master shall prevail.

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Updated on: 17 January 2024