Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology

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Submission of applications:
Start: January 9, 2017
End: July 13, 2017.

2 years (Full-time study)

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Credits: 120 ECTS
Places available: 90, Spanish

Following the passing of regulations in our country concerning health psychology, the Master's Degree in General Health Psychology has become an essential requisite to work as a psychologist in the field of health, carrying out assessments, research and interventions with the aim of promoting and improving people's health.

This Master's program from Comillas Pontifical University stands out from the rest since its learning outcomes include intervention strategies concerning psychological problems from different psychology theory perspectives (systemic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral and psycho-dynamic), in order to be able to make proposals on the therapeutic course of action that best suits the situation in hand. Given the wide range of lines of treatment available, this Master's Degree has been allocated 120 ECTS credits.

The program focuses on the professional activity, which is why the subjects taught provide expertise in areas such as the development of the therapeutic process, with special emphasis on the different work methods applied depending on the chosen therapeutic path, psychopathology, psychological treatment according to various individual and relational problems or intervention in chronic health problems. Alongside these scopes of application, the students acquire core knowledge on health psychology and research skills.

Who is it intended for?

The Master's is intended for holders of a Bachelor's or Licentiate Degree in Psychology wishing to acquire the skills required to carry out assessments, diagnoses and interventions in the field of health psychology, also wishing to do so from a varied theoretical perspective that takes into account different, empirically verified approaches.

Attendance mode:

Studying the entire program requires full-time attendance, through a combination of lectures and professional internships along with academic assignments based on the guidelines established by the lecturer.

Admissions process and requirements:

Candidates must hold a Bachelor's or Licentiate Degree in Psychology (having been awarded at least 90 credits of health subjects), have a solid academic record and a high level of English.

Following submission of the admission application form along with the required documents, the candidate will be asked to attend an interview in which their profile will be assessed to see whether it matches the conditions required to successfully study this Master's program.

Admission application filing period:
  • First admission period: January 9 - July 13, 2017.
  • Second admission period: August 25 - September 13, 2017.

The admissions process closes once all the places have been filled.

Information notice on the documents to be submitted.


The Master's fees come to € 14,535.00

Alumni will receive a 10% discount.


Two years: September 2017 - June 2019.


120 ECTS distributed over two academic years.

Course times:

Face-to-face classes:

There will be a morning and an afternoon group available. In either of them, face-to-face classes will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. During the first four-month period, there will also be classes on Wednesdays.

The internships will take place either in the morning or in the afternoon.

Classes begin on:

Face-to-face classes will begin in september 25, 2017.


Face-to-face classes will be taught at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences on the Cantoblanco Campus. The internships and supervision take place in different establishments with which the University has an educational collaboration agreement in place.

Master's Course Director:

Isabel Espinar Fellmann

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Places available:

There are a maximum of 90 places available.

Information point:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 
c/ Universidad Comillas, 3 
28049 Madrid 
Tel.: 917343950 (ext. 4291)

Francisco Mateos
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This Master's program aims to provide applied, advanced and specialized training to enable professionals to intervene in the field of health psychology, while also covering research and development of critical and reflective thinking.

Furthermore, Comillas Pontifical University's nature and track-record in psychology training have led us to propose a skills set in the field of health psychology that has the following characteristics:

  • Useful and practical.
  • With a comprehensive perspective of the human being.
  • Committed to relieve suffering and achieve justice.
  • Open to the transcendent scope of human nature.
  • In continuous pursuit of scientific, teaching and ethical excellence.
  • Promoting the acquisition of knowledge and core skills for intervention in health psychology.
  • Developing the methodological and information management skills to enable an assessment of the effectiveness of interventions, contact with the scientific community and continuous reviewing of knowledge.
  • Fostering acquisition of the interpersonal skills and observance of the code of ethics required to engage in the profession responsibly and providing a quality service.

These features are specified in the following training program objectives:


Our teaching methods are eminently practical and based on case-based learning and internship in the field of health and health intervention.

The supervised internships represent 30 ECTS and are held in the University internship center (UNINPSI) as well as in several other institutions. The activities conducted as part of the internship module include among others: intervention in health psychology problems, development of psycho-educational workshops, psychotherapeutic assessment, and intervention and monitoring of interventions already conducted.


We offer a training program that integrates different theoretical orientations (psycho-dynamic, behavioral, humanistic and systemic) and that during the course of such theoretical and practical training, it allows the student to delve into the field of intervention of their choice (adults, children or families).

It combines working sessions with the lecturer and the students' directed work through seminars to gain a greater understanding of specific topics, content presentation, practical projects and coursework that seek for the students to be able to develop different intervention strategies and techniques according to the problem being addressed.

Along with these sessions, supervised internships will be conducted, combining work sessions on various clinical and health issues with individual and group supervision sessions to expand on the work that they have carried out.

The Master's program provides training in the core skills of the health psychologist and incorporates the most relevant evaluation and intervention trends in psychotherapy currently applied to children, adults and families.

In the second year, the Master's students can choose a specialization study plan in one of the following areas: systemic family therapy, humanistic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy with children and adolescents.

Content distribution by topic

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Compulsory subjects:

17 CORE ECTS Evidence-based psychology 2
Research design and evaluation in health psychology 3
Research on specific approaches relating to health psychology 2
Child and adolescent psychopathology 4
Common factors of the therapeutic process 2
Therapeutic process: Specific aspects of different approaches 4
60 SPECIFIC ECTS (44 COMP y 16 OP) Integrated programs of intervention in cases of severe mental disorders 3
Clinical psycho-pharmacology 2
Clinical psycho-dynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents 3
Stress and health 2
Psychology in the healthcare context: prevention and promotion of community healthcare 3
Psycho-dynamic intervention in health psychology 3
Cognitive behavioral intervention in mood-relating disorders 3
Cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders 3
Introduction to therapy focused on emotion 3
Gestalt therapy in adult intervention 3
Psychological intervention in chronic health problems 3
Systemic family intervention in child and adolescent issues 3
Systemic family intervention techniques 3
Group intervention techniques in health psychology 2
Role Playing techniques in psychotherapy 2
Constructivist, narrative and new-generation psychotherapy 4
INTERNSHIP 30 ECTS Supervised Internship I 10
Supervised Internship II 10
Supervised Internship III 10
FMPoD 12 Final Master's Project or Dissertation 12

Optional subjects. The student must choose 16 ECTS out of the 48 ECTS of optional subjects from the three study plans available. If they decide to take a study plan in full, the students may thus be entitled to be awarded a private specialist degree in such field.

Humanistic Psychotherapy 
Experiential humanistic model of the human being 3
Understanding psychopathology and health from the humanistic model 3
Empathic tuning and the intention to give an experiential response 4
Gestalt group therapy 2
Skills to develop and maintain a therapeutic alliance 2
Experiential focusing 2
Family therapy 
Intervention in sexual and relationship problems 4
The life cycle and family transitions 3
Culture, gender and family 3
Brief systemic intervention 3
Intervention contexts 3
Cognitive behavioral intervention with children 
Current tools of cognitive behavioral assessment and diagnosis 4
Diagnosis and cognitive behavioral intervention on attention problems 3
Cognitive behavioral approach to infant-adolescent behavioral problems 4
Cognitive-behavioral intervention in cases of addiction 3
Cognitive behavioral intervention in eating disorders 2


En la Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI-ICADE, además de poder estudiar el Máster en Psicología General Sanitaria, también podrás especializarte en un área de intervención clínica y obtener un Máster Propio de Especialización Terapéutica.

También te puede interesar otros máster disponibles en el área de la psicología como el Máster que aborda la terapia cognitiva, el Máster en Terapia Cognitivo - Conductual con niños y adolescentes, o  el Máster en Terapia Familiar Sistémica, o el Máster en Psicoterapia Humanísta Experiencial y en Psicoterapia Focalizada en la Emoción.  

Además de los cursos especialista como: Especialista en Clínica y Psicoterapia Psicoanalítica: El niño y su familia.

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