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Health Psychology and Motivational Interviewing 15 credits

Hälsopsykologi och motiverande samtal i hälsovägledning
First cycle, H0009H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2021 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Health Guidance
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
On completion of the course, the student should, in a scientific way, be able to:
  1. describe and reflect on the importance of psychological health factors for health
  2. reflect on and argue for how health-psychological models can be used in health promotion work.
  3. apply motivational interviewing, describe underlying theories and reflect on ethical aspects.
  4. apply a cognitive approach and motivational interviewing to lead clients in processes that lead to health-promoting lifestyle changes

  • Models in health psychology and health promotion
  • Behavioural change to promote health from a cognitive approach
  • Psychological health factors; motivation, coping, social support, self-efficacy, self-control, self-confidence/self-esteem, feedback, skills, positive challenges.
  • Motivational interviewing, theory, exercises and ethical aspects
  • Health plan and interview guides for health-promoting life style changes

The course is given by distance learning and is mainly web-based. The studies require computer experience and access to a broadband connection (at least 0.5 Mb/s, preferably 2.0 Mb/s) as well as a headset and web camera. Parts of the course are located on campus where practical exercises, seminars and examinations take place. In order to complete the course it is required that the student actively seek knowledge and solve problems through an examining and critically reflective working method. This means that the student should take responsibility by actively contributing to the achievement of course objectives through the planning of content and time. The contents of the course are treated through literature studies, group work, practical method training, lectures, oral and written presentations and seminars. Course requirements are completed study assignments as well as compulsory attendance and an active participation in discussions at seminars. Compulsory attendance at practical exercises. This course is part of the Health Guidance programme. The program has a consistent pedagogical strategy that stimulates an active learning where team development, career planning and the creation of a personal portfolio are recurrent elements in the courses. The group work aims to develop skills that can only be trained through interaction and the sharing of experience with others.

The course objectives are examined individually through study assignments and examinations that are carried out orally and in writing, individually and in groups. Criteria for a pass and pass with distinction are stated in the study guide.

This is a first-cycle course. Study guide is provided in the course room in Canvas.

Transition terms
Replaces and corresponds to S0021H and S0024H

Jimmy Ingemansson

Literature. Valid from Spring 2021 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Andersson, S. I. (2018). Hälsa och psykologi. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Eriksson, m. (2015) Salutogenes – om hälsans ursprung. Stockholm: Liber.
Henriksen, J-O. & Vetlevsen, A-J. (lateste edition). Etik i arbete med människor. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
McGonigal, Kelly. (2013). The Willpower Instinct. New York: The Penguin Group
Finns som e-bok mm här:
Alternative literature to Andersson, S.I. (2009) Hälsa och psykologi.
William R Miller, Stephen Rollnick (2012). Motivational Interviewing (3. rev ed). New York: Guilford Publications


Miller, W.R. & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motiverande samtal: att hjälpa människor till förändring. (3., reviderade och
utökade utgåvan.) Stockholm: Natur & kultur. ISBN: 9789127135390


Ogden, Jane. (2012) Health Psychology Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill Education Finns som e-bok på Universitetsbiblioteket.
Lindwall, M. (2011). Självkänsla: bortom populärpsykologi och enkla sanningar. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Additional artcles and selectable literature will be added.

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0005Health FactorsU G#3.00MandatoryS15
0006Motivational Talks, methodU G#4.00MandatoryS15
0007Application MI-Health TalkU G VG *5.00MandatoryS15
0008Health Psychological ModelsU G#3.00MandatoryA17

Syllabus established
by 18 Feb 2013

Last revised
by 04 Nov 2020