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Health Psychology and Behaviour (8736.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


  • UC - Canberra, Bruce
    Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery
    2020 Semester 2 DR   Phil   KAVANAGH (Ph: ) FLEXIBLE

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This unit introduces students to the theories, research and applications of health psychology. There will be a specific focus on understanding the causes, prevention, and management of health challenges and promotion of health behaviours. The unit emphasises the interactions between biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors and processes in influencing health and illness. Drawing upon latest theoretical perspectives and research, the unit will also explore critical advances in health psychology, and transformative and traditional healing approaches. This unit will be of value for students from a range of mental and physical health professions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

1. Articulate the relationship between psychology, behaviour and health;

2. Trace the development of health and illness approaches;

3. Identify and critically discuss the biological, psychological, and social factors and processes influencing health and illness;

4. Apply the key theories and research approaches employed in health psychology; and

5. Design and evaluate health promotion strategies.

Contact Hours

Up to four hours per week.


4309 Psychology 101 OR
4310 Psychology 102 OR
11399 Understanding People and Behavior OR
10444 Foundations of Psychology



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

9830 Psychology for Health Professionals

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