Introduction to Health Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYC0048
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Ran Cai


Pre and co requisites



To develop and extend the student’s knowledge and understanding of a range of theories in health psychology, reflect on their relevance to practice and learn how to start to apply them, and to develop a critical understanding of the various methods used within health psychology including their strengths and weaknesses.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Recognise the importance of psychological aspects of health, its historical and contemporary context, and the role of psychological factors in the aetiology of illness and disease.
2 Critically analyse psychological theories and current research evidence relating to health, health beliefs and health behaviours.
3 Develop and understand of the impact of culture on health-related phenomena.

Indicative content

Health beliefs, attributions and behaviours. Stress and health. Culture and health. Conceptual, historical and contemporary perspectives on illness and health. Preventative health behaviours. Communication and compliance in the medical setting. Psychological aspects of chronic illness. Methodological issues.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures, seminars, student-led presentations and discussions.


Take-home test: 100% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes: 1 to 4. Outline Details: A 2,000 word take-home test covering specific topics within the module and a capacity to synthesise learning in an original way.

Formative Assessment: Activities, short answer questions, and mock exam question and feedback from instructors in preparation for the exam questions during lectures.