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PSY3110 Clinical Health Psychology

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Professional Pathway Psych
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022

Requisites

Pre-requisite: PSY3030

Overview

This course explores the connection between how people think and behave and their physical and mental health. The connection between mind and body is bi-directional and multi-faceted. The ways in which people think or feel can benefit or harm their health in areas such as cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, coping with chronic disease, drug and alcohol use, fitness, or injury and disease prevention. People's physical health status can conversely affect their moods, attitudes to life, and both individual and social behaviour. This course will assist students to integrate their knowledge of psychology into the bio-psycho-social context of physical and psychological health, thus preparing them to acquire the practical and specialised knowledge and skills taught at postgraduate level.

This course will consider psychological factors involved in the area of health and disease from the theoretical perspectives of social psychology as they relate to behavioural change. It will discuss psychological research methods in their application to health. Students will examine health-related behaviours, such as coping with disease and pain, attitude to medical advice, smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol use, sexual practices, and injury prevention. Finally, future challenges facing psychology in its relationship to health will be outlined.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 17 May 2022