The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code

PSYC3500

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.

Forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. understand the important relationships between psychological factors and health;

2. understand psychological strategies for intervening in a professional manner in health contexts;

3. define health, within a biopsychosocial framework;

4. describe some of the measures used to assess health and related issues;

5. identify some of the opportunities for psychologists to work within the health area;

6. identify some of the key models of health behaviour and behaviour change, and intervention approaches, underpinning the field of Health Psychology.


Content

The 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


Assumed knowledge

PSYC3500Advanced Health PsychologyThis 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.

Forms part of an Australian Psychological Society accredited sequence.FSCITFaculty of Science722School of Psychology1030005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan20195940Semester 1 - 2019CENTRALCSTOurimbah2019Students 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.The course content covers four main areas of Health Psychology Health Psychology in an epistemological framework. How health problems impact on individuals' well being. How changes in behaviour can have a positive influence on a person's quality of life. Broad biopsychosocial influences on health, and interventions which address them.Related CoursesPSYC3000, PSYC3001, PSYC3400 PSYC3501, PSYC3600, PSYC3700 YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1understand the important relationships between psychological factors and health;2understand psychological strategies for intervening in a professional manner in health contexts;3define health, within a biopsychosocial framework;4describe some of the measures used to assess health and related issues;5identify some of the opportunities for psychologists to work within the health area;6identify some of the key models of health behaviour and behaviour change, and intervention approaches, underpinning the field of Health Psychology. Quiz: In-Class QuizFormal Examination: Formal exam (short answer)Essay: Essay Callaghan and OurimbahLaboratoryFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for7Weeks0See course outline for lab scheduleLectureFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for12Weeks1


Assessment items

Quiz: In-Class Quiz

Formal Examination: Formal exam (short answer)

Essay: Essay


Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Laboratory

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

See course outline for lab schedule

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1