Through this course we will provide attendees with a systematic and rigorous overview of the relationship between positive emotional well-being and physical health, drawing on a variety of empirical methods with careful consideration of measurement issues.


Who Should Apply?

The course targets junior scholars (postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty), early career researchers, and doctoral level graduate students in epidemiology, social science, medicine, psychology or related areas, as well as those involved in policy decisions. However, academics of all levels are welcome to apply. Each year, we anticipate accepting approximately 40 applicants to attend the course. This relatively small number will help ensure that students have sufficient time for interacting in a meaningful way with their peers and with the course faculty. All teaching will be in English, so course participants should be fluent and comfortable communicating and reading in English.

Through their involvement with the course, participants will gain concrete skills in the different ways of measuring well-being and evaluating linkages between emotional well-being and physical health. In addition, they will gain knowledge related to the social and biological processes that are relevant to the linkages between social, psychological, and physical health. At the end of the course week, participants will receive certificates of completion signed by the course leaders.

Application Process

Those interested in applying to participate in the course should do so via this form. Before applying, please confirm that you meet the following minimum requirements for attending:

(1) enrolled in a relevant doctoral degree program or have completed a doctoral degree in a relevant field (in some cases, relevant work experience may be considered in place of a doctoral degree) and

(2) evidence of relevant policy, research, or academic experience.

In addition to your contact information, applicants will be asked to submit an updated CV and a brief statement (250 words) outlining how their work applies to this course and how they would benefit from the course material. We suggest preparing these ahead of time. 


The course leaders and faculty will evaluate the applications using a rubric developed for this purpose.

Applications are due on the 15th April 2022 and will be considered on a rolling basis. Apply early as space is limited. 


We plan to host the course in London in 2022. 


The fee for week-long in person participation will be £1,900. Tuition costs will cover course participation, course materials, and any course activities (such as coffee and evening receptions). This does not include the cost of travel, meals, incidentals, and lodging. 


Applicants who are graduate students and/or from low- and middle-income countries are eligible to apply for a £750 tuition discount (tuition will cost £1,150). Those who are interested in applying for this discount will have an opportunity to do so as part of the course application. A limited number of discounted tuition spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you are encouraged to apply early.