PSY2207 – Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Course content

This course provides an introduction into epidemiological and public health perspectives on mental health and wellbeing. The course will focus on theoretical and empirical accounts of how wellbeing and common mental health problems (including symptoms of anxiety and depression, weight/eating problems, conduct problems, alcohol and other drug use) are understood in an epidemiological and public health perspective.
Cultural, individual differences, and lifespan approaches to mental health and wellbeing will be an integrated part of the course.

Learning outcome


You should be able to:

  • describe basic concepts in epidemiology and public health
  • clarify influential current conceptualizations of wellbeing, mental health, and mental disorders
  • present and discuss essential empirical studies and theoretical accounts of risk factors, protective factors, and developmental trajectories of common mental health problems
  • describe theoretical and empirical accounts of correlates and prevalence of wellbeing
  • critically discuss the individual and societal consequences of mental health problems and low wellbeing
  • describe theoretical and empirical foundations of lifespan approaches to mental health and wellbeing
  • discuss cultural differences in and time trends of mental health and wellbein


You should be able to:

  • communicate that mental health and wellbeing are multifaceted phenomena that are determined by a variety of factors at different explanatory levels (individual, group, cultural/societal);
  • communicate epidemiological aspects of mental health and wellbeing.


General competence

You should be able to:

  • elucidate the major challenges concerning mental health and wellbeing in today’s society
  • critically evaluate epidemiological research and conclusions that are drawn from such research


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If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended to have completed introductory bachelor course in developmental psychology PSY1200 – Introduction to developmental psychology and methods PSY1010 – Innføring i metode, or equivalent.


There will be lectures (8 x 2 hours). The teaching will be held in English

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Previous exams

Spring 2020 (ordinary and postponed)

Spring 2020 (grading guidelines)

Examination in Inspera

Due to the situation with the coronavirus, the written school exam is changed to a home examination in Inspera. 

You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera. 

Read more about examinations in Inspera.

Examination support material

Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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