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This summer short course will draw on a variety of empirical methods with careful consideration of measurement issues to provide will provide attendees with a systematic and rigorous overview of the relationship between positive emotional well-being and physical health.

Course Objectives

Course Aims

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.


The short course aims to achieve the following objectives:

To provide up-to-date, state-of-the-art knowledge on the linkages between emotional well-being and physical health outcomes

To teach skills to critically evaluate research in this field

To develop participants’ research skills and their ability to identify appropriate epidemiological and other research methods that can be used to study emotional well-being and physical health outcomes

To build a network of scholars who will lead the next generation of research in this area


Dr. Säde Stenlund, 2023 Course Participant:

Dr. Yoobin Park, 2023 Course Participant:

"As someone with a background in social psychology, I joined the course hoping to learn more about how exactly emotional well-being is related to physical health. Overall, what truly surprised me, and what I appreciated the most, was the diversity of perspectives offered in this course. In each lecture, speakers from various disciplines who take different theoretical and methodological approaches shared their own views on studying well-being and health, fueling insightful discussions. The breadth of topics covered throughout the course, from measurement issues to interventions and policy implications, was impressive. This course also provided great networking opportunities. I really enjoyed talking to the speakers and other attendees and discussing potentials for future collaborations. Overall, the course exceeded my expectations in many ways and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in this field."



The next course will be held July 15-19, 2024, on Harvard University's Campus in Cambridge, MA. We plan to host the course every July. As a collaboration between the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL, the course will rotate between the two institutions. This rotating model will allow the short course to have a more global reach and will assist in building an international community interested in and committed to building the science around linkages between emotional well-being and physical health outcomes. In addition, it will allow course organizers to maximally utilize academic and human resources from both institutions.

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