PSY20110 Introduction to Health Psychology

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will introduce students to some of the psychological processes that underlie health and illness. It includes an examination of both theoretical and applied issues and covers a variety of topics including an exploration of the meaning of 'health' and 'illness'. Key topics include health beliefs, health behaviours and behaviour change, stress and coping, inequalities in health, and living with illness.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Show an appreciation of the biological, psychological and social processes that influence health and illness;
- Discuss the bio-psycho-social factors that influence a variety of lifestyle-related health issues;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the various theoretical approaches used to explain health related behaviours and behaviour change in a range of contexts.

Indicative Module Content:

These are some of the key topics covered in this module:
Health Behaviour,
Health Beliefs,
The Biomedical and Bio-psychosocial Models
Stress and Coping
Living with Illness
Inequalities in Health and Healthcare

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in this module are weekly lectures and seminars, using a “flipped classroom” approach. Pre-recorded lectures will be available to students to view on their own time, prior to each seminar. Seminars will focus on discussing the lecture material and readings, using small group exercises and activities. Students are also encouraged to engage in personal development exercises and engage in reflective learning as they consider the challenges associated with health behaviour change. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
NMHS20410 - Intro to Psychology for H'care, PHPS20010 - Epi, Biostats & Public Health

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Final MCQ exam 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Assignment Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Rachel Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 32, 33 Fri 09:00 - 10:50