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Health Psychology and Behaviour (8736.1)

Level: Undergraduate Second Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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  • Semester 2, 2019, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (188393) - View
  • Semester 2, 2018, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (180180) - View
  • Semester 2, 2017, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (164278) - View
  • Semester 2, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (152017) - View
  • Semester 2, 2015, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (140836) - View

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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 physical health problems and health-related behaviours in Australia. The unit emphasises the interaction between biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors in health and illness, and discusses theory, research, and applications concerning health service delivery and use, adoption of healthy and unhealthy behaviours, and adaptation to chronic and life-threatening illness.

This unit is co-taught with unit Health Psychology and Behaviour G.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate understanding of the interaction between biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors in the causation, maintenance, and management of health and illness;

2. Explain the basic principles, theories and methodologies of health psychology;

3. Describe the psychosocial precursors to selected psychosomatic illnesses; and

4. Identify key issues in health service utilisation and health promotion in Australia.

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Contact Hours

Up to four hours per week.


Psychology 101 or Psychology 102 or equivalent.

Incompatible Units

9830 Psychology for Health Professionals

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