Stress and Health


Course Objective

Knowledge of recent insights into the relation between psychosocial
factors and disease risk and an understanding of the underlying
physiological mechanisms.

Course Content

Overview of epidemiological studies which examine psychosocial factors
and personality as risk factors for disease. The underlying
physiological mechanisms will be discussed, with particular attention
to the cardiovascular system, stress hormonal system and immune system.
Students will use the VU-AMS cardiac monitor to obtain
cardiovascular data during a day and night and analyze the data as part
of the course.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and practical.

Method of Assessment

Canvas assignments and paper.


To be announced prior to the start of the course

Additional Information

The course is taught in English

Students engage in one VU-AMS practical session during which they wear
the VU-AMS cardiovascular monitor during 24-hr. Allocation to groups is
done at the start of the course.

General Information

Course Code P_BSTRHEA
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. A.H.M. Willemsen
Examiner prof. dr. A.H.M. Willemsen
Teaching Staff prof. dr. A.H.M. Willemsen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Practical