The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


We all want to live healthier lives and society benefits from a healthy population but there are challenges to achieve these goals. This course examines the relationship between mental and physical health and examines some of the key principles underpinning Health Psychology and the role of theory and evidence in informing practice. It looks at how physical illness can impact on mental well-being, how individuals can improve their physical and mental well-being using behavioural change, and how organisations and psychologists can promote healthy behaviour in individuals and populations.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the role of theory and evidence in informing the practice of Health Psychology;

2. Evaluate models and psychological strategies for intervening in an evidence-based manner in a range of health contexts;

3. Discuss health and its determinants, within a biopsychosocial framework;

4. Critically appraise measures used to assess health and related issues;

5. Identify opportunities for psychologists to work within the health area; at both clinical and public health ends of the spectrum.


  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. Biopsychosocial determinants of health, and interventions which address them.


Related Courses

PSYC3000, PSYC3001, PSYC3600, PSYC3700

Assumed knowledge

Students 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.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quiz

Written Assignment: Written Assessment

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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

See course outline for lab schedule


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