Foundations of Psychology and Sociology for Health Professionals


Health professionals are faced with the task of dealing with health related medical issues and also with the psychological and sociological impact of ill health. This course is multidisciplinary comprising elements of psychology and sociology relevant to the practice of allied health professionals. It initially covers core areas of the disciplines of psychology that impact on the physical and mental health of the population. The course then covers the relationship between psychological factors and health with a focus on pain, anxiety, stress and depression. Students will also develop their understanding of the psychological and sociological factors that impact on health and health care. This course will be delivered using a combination of on campus face-to-face lectures and student self-directed learning modules. The face-to-face lectures will cover specific content areas during the early, middle and end of the course. The majority of content will be in the form of textbook and online materials.

This course is primarily designed for students enrolled in the Faculty of Health degree programs only. Students who have completed PSYC2505 prior to 2012 cannot count PSYC1030 and PSYC2505 towards their degree. From 2012 onwards students are permitted to take both PSYC1030 and PSYC2505.

NOTE: Students who have placements and therefore may not be able to attend the exam during the formal exam period will need to discuss their individual situation with the co-ordinator as early as possible to the commencement of the course.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. develop an appreciation of different core areas of psychology and sociology that have contributed to intervention, treatment strategies, and health policy;

2. increase their critical knowledge about abnormal behaviour;

3. gain an initial understanding of the factors that impact on diagnosis and treatment in a professional health setting.


The course will cover key issues such as: pain, stress, anxiety, depression, psychosis as they relate to allied health professionals.

The sociological component of the course introduces sociological approaches to health and well being.

The content encourages students to think about how social determinants impact on health and society, including how health services are delivered.

A goal of this course is to make health professionals aware of the impact of psychological and sociological factors for their future work in health settings


This course is not available to students in the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) programs.

Assumed Knowledge

First year Human Bioscience

Assessment Items

Quiz: Quizzes

Formal Examination: Exam

Written Assignment: Short answer questions

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Lecture will be held in weeks 1,2,5,6,7,10,11

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term