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Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
8,000 CHF
October 2022

8,000 CHF
October 2023

8,000 CHF
October 2024

About this program

Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication

The Master in “Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication”, jointly offered by the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UNISR), presents a Master degree programme in cognitive psychology with an interdisciplinary training in psychology, neuroscience, health communication, organizational behaviour and management. The programme focuses on the intersection between the theoretical bases of cognitive psychology and of communication applied to the context of health. Cognitive psychology is the study of all mental processes which drive simple or more complex behaviours, either normal or pathological. These include, among the many, verbal and non-verbal forms of communication, implicit and explicit memory, perception, attention, consciousness, problem solving, decision making, gratification, etc.

Students who are admitted into the programme will receive an advanced theoretical background in neuroscience and modern psychology, will learn advanced research methods in psychology and health communication including a large variety of and statistical techniques and tools that can be used for the analysis of human behaviour in research labs, clinical departments, health frameworks and companies. A central goal of this programme is to familiarize students with the latest research and practice in these areas of research and help them translate and apply this knowledge in many different working environment including health psychology, communication, management, and marketing.

Admission requirements

Students with BSc in Psychology.

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Program content

The programme is organized into 4 units, called ‘modules’, over two years. The first module covers mainly classes in Health Communication and research methods; the second module covers topics in advanced cognitive psychology and Neurosciences; the third module covers topics in management, strategy, and consumer behaviour. In the fourth semester students will study selected topics in health and organizational psychology and conduct a field project (by companies, hospitals or by experimental labs) and write their Master Thesis under joint supervision of Faculties of UNISR/USI.


The total amount of tuition fees for the two-year course is CHF 16,000.- payable in four instalments at the beginning of each semester to Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano.

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Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Vita-Salute San Raffaele University is a reference point in the field of higher education as one of the top academic institutions in Italy and worldwide. Each department is a complex structure that includes undergraduate and postgraduate courses, research centres, doctoral...

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Why study at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Vita - Salute San Raffaele University is a private non-profit institution where students are placed at the heart of the organisation. It is affiliated with the prestigious San Raffaele Hospital (OSR)- now part of the GSD, San Donato Hospital Group - and with the San Raffaele Research Institute, the #1 Italian research institute in terms of volume and profile of scientific research produced annually. This allows the university to offer its students an unparalleled learning experience. Everything takes place in an environment designed to promote the holistic growth of students, with personalised curricula, a close student-teacher dialogue, the development of the ability to analyse one's own field and care for others, the habit of keeping up to date and reflecting on sensitive contemporary issues (death and suffering, bioethics, environmental ethics, economics, politics, etc.) and a curriculum able to balance learning requirements with attention to personal inclinations and vocations.

Choosing San Raffaele University you will:

Study in an international scientific center

The San Raffaele Campus is inserted in a dynamic context where it is possible to closely collaborate with San Raffaele, one of the hospital structures of the San Donato Group and important research center recognized at a European and international level.
Teaching and researching find fertile ground to grow constantly and create virtuous synergies that allow the student to learn directly in the field.

Take part in the research of tomorrow

The very core of San Raffaele University is the research, not only in the medical field, but also in the socio-psychological and philosophical ones. The continuous collaboration with the hospital structures and the research centers guarantees the presence of innovative and technological laboratories constantly engaged in cutting-edge research and scientific projects of excellence.

Be the protagonist of your future

Our mission is to support students in building their academic career and planning their future. The dimension of the Campus allows for a direct relationship with teachers and technical-administrative staff: aspect that guarantees the effectiveness of information, teaching, guidance and specialized tutoring services during the courses.

Live the Campus experience

San Raffaele University offers numerous extracurricular activities, thanks to the presence of sports groups and student associations of all kinds.
Our Campus is a real community that provides functional residences, cultural proposals, sports activities and opportunities for solidarity and commitment, which allow students to cultivate their passions, grow and participate in stimulating experiences for a complete education that goes beyond study.

Be at the heart of every initiative

San Raffaele University adopts a people-oriented approach with an eye towards the continuous interaction and satisfaction of the needs of all the individuals involved. Thus, it is constantly committed to the implementation of new teaching models and support services for students that aim to support them in the management of their academic career.

Study in a dynamic metropolis

San Raffaele University is located in Milan, the largest industrial and cosmopolitan city in Italy, capable of attracting students and visitors from all over the world all year round.
With its perfect combination of classic and modern, Milan offers numerous cultural and entertainment venues, suitable for all needs: museums, foundations, bars and restaurants. The international opening is combined with a dimension on a human scale, compared to the major European capitals, which makes it ideal for cultivating new friendships and hobbies.

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Vita-Salute San Raffaele University

Via Olgettina Milano 58
20132 Milan

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