Professional Master's Degree in Psychology and Health Interventions

Professional Master's Degree in Psychology and Health Interventions


Postgraduate mode stricto sensu proposed by CAPES-MEC Ordinance No. 080, of December 16, 1998, later updated by Ordinance No. 17, of December 28, 2009, of CAPES (Coordination of Higher Education Personnel). With a duration of 24 months, the course is aimed at college graduates who want to deepen their studies, with a technical and innovative focus.

The Professional Master's Degree in Psychology and Health Interventions presents an organizational design that offers classes mostly on Fridays and Saturdays; a staff of professors with recognized expertise in their area of ​​expertise; and a curricular structure that includes theoretical and practical subjects (these in outpatient contexts), focusing on the development and systematization of care technologies, professional improvement, empowerment and the creation of innovative solutions for prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, health promotion, care and attention from a broader perspective, which involves mental health and the processes of psychosocial experience.

With the purpose of training qualified professionals for the exercise of an advanced and transformative occupational practice, the Professional Master's Degree in Psychology and Health Interventions aims to train professionals in psychology and related areas to carry out research applied to intervention processes in extended, outpatient and in hospital settings. From this perspective, the course proposes to develop care technologies and contemplate emerging themes in psychology and health, linking theoretical-methodological knowledge with its applicability in the fields of action, thus investing in the strengthening of health psychology in the Northeast and in the country.

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Specific objectives:

- expand the theoretical-methodological and scientific repertoire for clinical practice in health contexts;
- develop critical capacity and autonomy in the development of research applied to health practice contexts;
- promote the formation of independent researchers, with broad knowledge about different clinical work processes and their potential for scientific production;
- to encourage the articulation of professionals and companies with complementary vocations for the development of technological solutions for health care.

Profile of the professional to be trained

This program aims to prepare psychologists and professionals graduated in the field of health and the like, to understand and act in health care contexts in a reflective, critical way, with high technical and ethical competence.

The Professional Master's aims at professional improvement, in a logic that interweaves attitudinal, technical and conceptual skills. Thus, it is organized in such a way as to combine theory, experience, environment and individual capacities, considering that the construction of know-how, in the context of health praxis, has a practical-social character, anchored in the principles of the Unified System of Health – SUS, namely: universality, integrality and equity.

Areas of Concentration

  • Psychology and Health

It focuses its studies on the development of research and on the identification of problems and solutions in the contexts of hospital, outpatient or primary care practice, involving interventions of clinical scope and care, whether individual or collective, in order to promote a more critical professional performance, reflective and creative in the work environment. For this, it anchors its structure in two lines of research: "Psychology and Interventions in a Hospital Context" and "Care Practices and Processes and Interventions in Extended Clinics".

Research lines


  • Psychology, Interventions and Training in a Hospital Clinical Context

It develops research and care and training technologies in hospital and clinical contexts, based on different theoretical-methodological references in an interdisciplinary perspective. It focuses on the suffering experiences of patients, families, teams and professionals, establishing a dialogue with hospital psychology. It also invests in research and monitoring of different types of professional qualification and their relationships with mental health and contemporary ways of living.


  • Public Policies and Care Interfaces: clinical and psychosocial practices

Leads research and intervention from an interprofessional perspective in different contexts, with emphasis on public policies, in a critical perspective on processes of vulnerability, exclusion, illness and psychological distress, with intersectional dialogues built from social psychology, philosophy, politics and psychoanalysis . It develops research and care technologies in the theoretical and praxis fields of expanded clinical practice, mental health and public safety.


  • Health, disease and experiences of chronicity in life cycles

It develops research, of an interdisciplinary nature, in the field of care for people in conditions of existence marked by diseases or chronic experiences with autism, pain, intellectual disability, genetic, congenital and rare diseases, in different stages of human development. Promotes dialogues and debates with the field of psychology, neuroscience and psychoanalysis.