Contemporary Health Psychology
Come to grips with health psychology – a study in how psychological factors can impact health. Study health psychology’s place in clinical settings. Consider the impact of living with a chronic illness on individuals and their support networks.
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Subjects may require attendance
- 02 Mar 2020
- 31 Aug 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- identify the main areas that form health psychology and list different methods of understanding them
- compare and contrast different approaches to understanding health behaviours
- explain the complex interplay between physical well-being and biological, psychological, and social factors
- compare intentional and non-intentional adherence to health behaviours and explain ways to target changing these behaviours
- demonstrate academic integrity, effective information search strategies and referencing skills required for tertiary study.
- Health inequalities/ Indigenous health
- Health-risk behaviours
- Health-protective behaviours
- Models of health behaviour
- Stress and coping
- Quality of life
- Living with chronic illness
- The impact of Non Communicable diseases on communities and health systems
- Standard Media
- Embedded Multimedia
- Online Quizzes/Tests
- Web links
- Online assignment submission
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Audio-Video streaming
- Printable format materials
- Resources and Links
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
No special requirements
The work of health professionals relies on a broad range of professional skills and attributes. The aim of this subject of study is to conceptually define health within a biopsychosocial framework and to present students with an introduction to key areas of health psychology, and demonstrate how they relate to other disciplines. This subject of study examines the application of psychology in clinical settings. The subject of study considers the application of psychological theory to health risk and health enhancing behaviours and explores the impact that living with a chronic illness has on individuals, their family and their carers.
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- Written assignment (50%)
- Invigilated examination (50%)
Introduction to Health Psychology
Morrison, V., et al.
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