Health Psychology

Module code: C8017
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Essay

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to Health Psychology and to explore fundamental theoretical and empirical issues that require attention and consideration by researchers working in this field. Topics covered are likely to include: health, well-being and the role of health psychology, socioeconomic inequalities in health, personality and health, stress and social support, fear appeals, positive psychology and health (with a particular focus on self-affirmation), ethical issues in health promotion, and applications of health psychology to specific health-related behaviours (for example eating behaviours, physical activity and sleep).

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of theory and research in health psychology
  • Show familiarity with a range of research methods
  • Critically evaluate theory, research and research methods relevant to health psychology