Health Psychology (C8017)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module provides a thorough grounding in relevant psychological theory in the domain of Health Psychology along with a familiarity with basic and applied research in this domain. The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to Health Psychology and to fundamental theoretical and empirical issues that require attention and consideration by researchers working in this field. Since Health Psychology as a discipline often has an explicit orientation towards the promotion of health, several aspects of health promotion are explored in some detail; particular emphasis is placed on communication issues. Limitations of, and alternatives to, communication-based health promotion strategies are also examined, as are the ethical issues raised by health promotion practices.

Topics covered are likely to include ways of thinking about health, health inequalities, personality and health, gender and health, social support, stress, coping, risk perceptions, levels of intervention, fear appeals, self-affirmation interventions, ethical issues in health promotion, and domain applications (for example in relation to alcohol consumption and exercise).

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.