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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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
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:
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%)