500843 :Occupational Health Psychology

General info

Instruction language English
Type of Instruction 14 seminars (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams small tests / assignments / paper / final exam (Examination schedule)
Course load:6 ECTS credits
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dr. Y.M.J. Stráznický van Osch


The general objective of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the most important concepts, theories, and research findings within the field of Occupational Health Psychology. At the end of the course, students are expected to have an understanding of the causes of psychological strain, and how they affect employee well-being, and the prevention and intervention of work-related health issues.

  1. Students should be able to analyze and evaluate: (a) Theoretical models on stress, (b) Recovery, (c) Work-home/Home-work interference, (d) Issues of women on the work floor, (e) Value of older employees, and (f) Issues on the modern-day work floor
  2. Students should be able to think critically about experimental methodology for studying occupational health psychology and will gain an understanding of the type of methodologies that occupational health psychologists use.
  3. Students will be able to examine how occupational health psychology research can help address practical issues in the field, and will be able to create and test interventions.


This course focuses on the effects of the work situation on employee well-being and health. The course presents an overview of models for the relationships between the work situation and employee reactions, such as strain and health complaints. Additional topics include work-home interference and ageing. Furthermore, instruments for assessing and evaluating health risks at work will be presented, as well as methods for the prevention and intervention of stress reactions. Besides negative outcomes, the course will also focus on positive outcomes of work, such as learning, affective well-being, and engagement.


This course will be run as a seminar (attendance is obligatory). Students will prepare for classes by reading the literature and developing issues for discussion. Classes will start with a small test that assesses the student's preparation for the class. Students' knowledge of the overall course content will be assessed in the final exam. In addition, students will apply and extend their knowledge by completing individual assignments and writing and presenting a group paper.

The final grade will be a weighted average of the small tests (20%), individual assignments (total 20%), group paper (20%), and final exam (40%). 

To pass this course one should:

- complete each part with at least a 5.0 (a 4.9 will NOT be rounded to a 5)

- The average score should be at least a 5.5 (a 5.5 will become a 6, a 5.49 a 5)

-The calculation of the final grade is based on the absolute (i.e., non-rounded) grades of the subparts

Students who fail the course will be given the opportunity to write a new individual paper and/or take part in a resit exam at the end of the academic year. The grade for the new paper will count for 40% of the final grade and replaces the grades for the two individual assignments and the group paper. The resit exam will count for 60% of the final grade and replaces the grades for both small tests and exam.

All partial grades remain valid for the rest of the term, including the resit/new paper in at the end of the academic year. However, they are not valid beyond that - i.e. repeater students need to retake all elements of the course.

Compulsory Reading

  1. A selection of articles from academic journals and book chapters will be announced in the Syllabus on Blackboard.

Recommended Prerequisites

Inleiding psychologie arbeid en economie

Compulsory for

  • MSc Social Psychology: program Work and Organizational Psychology ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )