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The Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication programme at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University focuses on the intersection between the theoretical bases of cognitive psychology and those of communication applied to the context of health. Students who choose this specialization will get a strong biological, methodological and statistical training, acquiring also knowledge in management. 

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The Master in “Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication ”, jointly offered by the Institute of Communication and Health of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UNISR), presents a new joint Master’s programme through training in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and communication. 

The Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication programme at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University will familiarize students with the latest research and practice in cognitive psychology and provide a modern preparation to lead and influence change in health in today’s diverse communities. The master’s programme is designed to train students who will understand the causes of health-related behaviours and who will also be able to design new and effective interventions to prevent disease and promote health. 

The entire master’s programme takes advantage of synergies and complementarities between the two Universities, USI and UNISR, and offers excellent competences in teaching and research. This Master offers a high degree of innovation thanks also to the advanced technologies available on site in the two universities in terms of high-tech equipment, data centres, laboratories, and health facilities.

Career opportunities

Psychology in Communication and Health is a rapidly growing field, which is in need of professionals to provide psychological services to those with medical illness. We anticipate that graduates from the program will work in clinics and governmental health organizations, NGOs or other health domains. Furthermore, training in this Master program is designed to produce students who can design novel and effective interventions to prevent disease and promote health:

  • Cognitive psychologist in health 
  • Experts in Psychology for Health Communication
  • Expert in Decisions Planning and Organization for Public Health
  • Experts in health psychology
  • Experts in beahvioural psychology in health organization

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communication in Health
  • Learning and memory
  • Research Methods in Health
  • Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology
  • Decision Making and behavior
  • Advanced models for social and psychological sciences
  • Advances in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Behavior and management  
  • Accounting
  • Social psychology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Students can send applications within April 30, 2023 (non-EU) and by June 30, 2023 (candidates with Italian and/or Swiss Citizenship, European Citizenship). 


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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication is a Bachelor's degree in Psychology granted by a recognised university.
  • Candidates with a Bachelor's degree from a University of Applied sciences may be admitted with the requirement of acquiring additional credits prior to the start of the Master’s studies by attending Bachelor's courses at another recognised University. The university, the number of credits and the list of courses to attend have to be agreed with the Directors of the Master’s programme.

Tuition Fee

CHF 16,000

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Living costs for Milano

850 - 1450 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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