PSY40920 Psychology & Health: Population-level perspectives

Academic Year 2022/2023

The module objective is to provide students with population-level perspectives on psychosocial aspects of health and functioning, including chronic health conditions, infectious diseases, disability, health-related quality of life, and wellbeing. Lectures will highlight the interactions between psychological factors, social environment, functioning, and physical health. Emphasis will be placed on integrating the following topics: affective symptoms and related conditions such as depression, psychological wellbeing, community factors, social-environmental characteristics, disability and quality of life, and the onset and course of illness. In each lecture, research and theory will be critically evaluated.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
1) Identify key psychosocial factors that are associated with chronic and acute health conditions and disability and understand how this can inform preventive interventions.
2) Critically evaluate the research literature on psychological aspects of health and disability.
3) Synthesize information on the influence of mental health and social environment on physical health and disability.

Indicative Module Content:

Provisional topics include:
- Introduction to social epidemiology and population health
- Measuring health status and functioning in the population
- Comorbidity
- Loneliness and health status
- Depression and chronic health conditions
- Environmental and occupational considerations in health

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module will consist of lectures, student presentations, group discussions, and assigned readings. Each 3-hour class will include a lecture component and a seminar component. As part of the seminar component, students will present research papers during class throughout the semester and group discussions will follow. Students will also work on a project during the semester that they will present in class at the end of the term. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: Class participation is an integral component of the module and its evaluation. Grades will be assigned according to attendance and thoughtfulness and clarity of verbal contributions. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Project: Students will present a project in class on a topic related to psychological aspects of health in the population at the end of term (25%) and submit a written summary of the project (25%). Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Presentation: Students will present 2-3 papers in class throughout the semester (final number will depend on class enrollment). Throughout the Trimester 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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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