Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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 within different cultural groups and Indigenous Australians.

This course is primarily designed for students enrolled in undergraduate College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing degree programs. 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.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify core areas of psychology and sociology that have contributed to intervention, treatment strategies, and health policy.

2. Critically evaluate factors that affect behaviour in a health setting.

3. Recognise and critically evaluate the psychological and sociological factors that impact on diagnosis and treatment in a professional health setting.


  • Psychological factors in health behaviour
  • Models of health behaviour and effective interventions
  • The relationship between psychological disorders and health
  • Psychological factors in practitioner/client communication
  • Sociological approaches to health and well being
  • How social determinants impact on health and society, including how health services are delivered
  • Indigenous Health Psychology and Sociology  

Assumed knowledge

HUBS1401 or HUBS1406 or HUBS1416 or PSYC1010 or PSYC1020

Assessment items

Quiz: Module Quizzes

Written Assignment: Short answer questions

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

For students studying on-line or via distance mode a minimum of 10 hours per week for 12 weeks of self-directed learning is expected. The number of contact hours is a minimum recommendation.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.