Advanced Health Psychology

Course code PSYC3500Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.
This course examines the relationship between mental and physical health.
We look at how physical illness can impact on mental well being, how individuals can improve their physical well being using behavioural change, and how organizations and psychologists can promote healthy behaviour in individuals and populations.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will:

1. Understand the important relationships between psychological factors and health;
2. Understand psychological strategies for intervening in a professional manner in health contexts;
3. Have the ability to define health, within a biopsychosocial framework;
4. Be able to describe some of the measures used to assess health and related issues;
5. Be able to identify some of the opportunities for psychologists to work within the health area;
6. Have the ability to identify some of the key models of health behaviour and behaviour change, and intervention approaches, underpinning the field of Health Psychology.
ContentThe course content covers four main areas of Health Psychology

1) Health Psychology in an epistemological framework.
2) How health problems impact on individuals' well being.
3) How changes in behaviour can have a positive influence on a person's quality of life.
4) Broad biopsychosocial influences on health, and interventions which address them.

Related Courses
PSYC3000, PSYC3001, PSYC3400 PSYC3501, PSYC3600, PSYC3700
Replacing Course(s)PSYC3050
TransitionNot to count with PSYC3050.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units and at least half the second year units of the degree program in which they are enrolled, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAn essay on a major Health Topic or a lab report using research techniques appropriate for Health Psychology research (details of this assessment will be given in the course outline).
Examination: FormalA final exam based on material from all lectures, labs and readings
Quiz - ClassMid semester in class quiz
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC3500