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Health Psychology and Behaviour G (8737.1)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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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.

    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;

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

    5. Critically evaluate and apply current theory and research on selected topics in health psychology.

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    Contact Hours

    Up to four hours per week.


    Psychology 101 G or Psychology 102 G or equivalent orenrolment in course Master of Occupational Therapy.

    Assumed Knowledge

    Psychology 101 or Psychology 102 or equivalent study.

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