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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 every year, with the 2023 course being hosted by Harvard. 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. 

Course Schedule

The course will consist of four full days, Monday to Thursday, and a half-day on Friday. There will be a mix of lectures, panel discussions, practical work, and roundtable mentoring sessions. Lectures will usually be one hour-long (40 minutes lecture, 20-minute discussion). Practical activities will consist of group work, analysis demonstrations, student poster sessions, and more.​​

Each day of the course will have a different thematic focus exploring the linkages between emotional well-being and physical health. In addition to core sessions, guest speakers will present on topics that are particularly relevant in the field right now. These session topics include: social networks, arts and health, nature and well-being, and cross-cultural understanding of well-being.

We will provide coffee and tea breaks each day, as well as organize roundtable mentoring sessions during the lunch hours. There will likely be other opportunities to chat with course directors and faculty during the course and in the evenings. 

Daily Breakdown

The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.


Monday, July 10

State of the Knowledge on Linkages Between Emotional Well-being and Physical Health

Topics include:

  • Orientation

  • State of the knowledge

  • Defining and measuring well-being

  • Cross-cultural understanding of well-being 


Tuesday, July 11


Topics include:

  • Study design: epidemiological and experimental studies

  • Early life perspectives

  • Nature and well-being


Wednesday, July 12


Topics include:

  • Biological mechanisms

  • Behavioral mechanisms

  • The influence of social and cultural activities on health and well-being

  • Social connections and health


Thursday, July 13

Interrelationships of Emotional and Physical Health in Social Contexts

Topics include:

  • Flourishing

  • Methods to enhance causal inference

  • Measuring well-being at the societal level

  • Income and well-being

Friday, July 14


Topics include:

  • Interventions in patient populations

  • Arts and cultural interventions

  • Well-being and public policy 

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