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Subject details

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories and methodology relevant to the practice of health psychology;
  • Analyse personal (e.g. smoking, alcohol) and environmental factors (e.g. socioeconomic status) that impact health and wellness and apply this knowledge to explain how behaviour change is achieved;
  • Locate, organise and synthesise information from credible sources concerning health status (e.g. mortality rates, quality of life);
  • Critically evaluate the research literature in the area of health psychology.
    • Health related behaviours
    • Health inequalities
    • Stress, Illness and disease
    • Population approaches to public health
    • Predicting and improving health outcomes
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Chat Rooms
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Welcome letter
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials

Equivalent subjects

You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SWI-PSS340

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

SWI-STA10003-Foundations of Statistics , or SWI-STA102
SWI-PSY10004-Psychology 101 , or SWI-PSS120
SWI-PSY10003-Psychology 100 , or SWI-PSS110


You must also complete two (2) Level 2 subjects in Psychology before starting this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject provides students with an introduction to the field of health psychology. At the conclusion of this subjects students will be conversant with interrelationships between behavioural, psychological, social and biological components of major health issues (e.g. smoking, alcohol, stress) and disease (e.g. cancer) including health inequalities. Students will be introduced to the role health professionals play in optimising wellness, the epidemiology of disease in the community and the impact of health on the quality of life.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.

  • Assignment — Written (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Reading — Reading Log (30%)

Textbook information is pending.

Textbook information is pending.

Related degrees

undergraduate SWI-BBS-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Behavioural Studies

  • Major in Psychological Studies
  • Co-major in Sociology

undergraduate SWI-BBP-DEG-2019

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

  • Major in Psychology
  • Co-Major in Sociology