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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY3027 Module Title: HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.336
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: SENIOR V Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Final Year PSY/APS
Assessment Pattern

1) one 2000 word coursework essay [25%] 

2) one 90 minute examination [75%]

Module Overview

All Level 2 Psychology modules
Module Aims
The course aims to develop a critical understanding of the theories, methods, and applications of health psychology. It aims to demonstrate how a scientific understanding of behaviour can be applied to understanding and changing health behaviours and outcomes in physical illness.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should have a critical understanding of the theories and methods underpinning health psychology. The student should have a critical understanding of the predictors of health behaviours, how health behaviours contribute to physical health, and how health behaviours can be changed effectively. The student should have a critical understanding of the role of psychology in understanding physical health outcomes and how psychological interventions can help improve health outcomes in chronic disease.
Module Content

The course will be based around such topics as:

theories and models in health psychology, the role of health beliefs in understanding health behaviour, changing health behaviour, obesity, doctor-patient communication, the role of psychology in understanding and managing chronic conditions such as cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes, HIV, and pain.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, case materials and guided reading
Selected Texts/Journals

Ogden, J. (2007) Health Psychology: A Textbook (4th Edition). Open University Press

Taylor, S. (2006). Health Psychology (6th Edition). McGraw Hill.

And texts recommended by individual lecturers

British Journal of Health Psychology  

Health Psychology

Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Psychology & Health 

Psychological Medicine

Psychology, Health & Medicine

Social Science & Medicine

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