PSY2208 – Mental Health and Wellbeing

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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


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.


Teaching trough lectures and seminars. The seminars are mandatory with attendance 5 out of 7 times, with mandatory attendance the first time. If you do not attend the first time you will loose your spot in the seminar. 

If plan on not attending the seminars, please chose seminar 99- self study. 

At this seminar you have to do a compensating task which will be given in Canvas. 

Approved mandatory activity is valid for the next two semesters that the course will be held. 

Information about changing seminar groups. 



PSY2208 is offered for the first time in Spring 2022. However, the course content and examination is similar to the previously offered course PSY2207

Previous exams

Autumn 2021 (ordinary and postponed)

Autumn 2021 (grading guidelines ordinary)

Autumn 2021 (grading guidelines postponed)

Spring 2020 (ordinary and postponed)

Spring 2020 (grading guidelines)


Examination in Inspera

The final examination is a home examination in Inspera. 

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

Read more about examinations in Inspera

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

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

Every spring
Every spring
Teaching language