In Latvia, the field of the health psychology (HP) is well represented both in scientific research and in the system of training and continuing education of the specialists.
A specialized course in HP is included in the curriculum of psychology students at the bachelor and master level. In Latvia, HP is included in the standard of the profession of psychologist, which states that the graduates of the professional program have mastered the basic issues of this field.
HP is incorporated in the professional continuing education programs, and the topics on HP are included in the investigations.
At the same time, in Latvia HP is not represented as a separate discipline in healthcare system and other areas of psychological work, but the theories\elements\methods\interventions of HP are used in the practice of clinical, social and educational psychologists, as well as in the research on these fields.
In 2012, the work has begun to identify and consolidate the frame of the HP, as well as to develop a regulation for elaboration of a national body for HP, int. al., for establishing a HP master program.
The main task is to integrate HP in the healthcare system within a registered working status for psychologist.