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 mental well-being and physical health

Course Objectives

Course Aims

The short course aims to achieve the following objectives:

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

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



The first course will be held from July 12-16, 2021. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, the course will be offered virtually in 2021. This will allow participants from all of the world to safely learn from and interact with leaders in the field, as well as their peers who will also be attending remotely.


Following this inaugural year, the course will be hosted every July. As a collaboration between the Center for Health and Happiness and the Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL, the course will rotate between the two institutions every year. 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 mental well-being and physical health outcomes. In addition, it will allow course organizers to maximally utilize academic and human resources from both institutions.