HPS226 - Applied Health Psychology

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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This unit provides an introduction to the theory and practice of health psychology. Building on the foundation of the influential behaviour change theories, the unit offers a biopsychosocial perspective on chronic illness conceptualisation and treatment. Students will get acquainted with the concepts relevant to health and illness from the biopsychosocial perspective.  You will be asked to consider the application of these concepts to a range of clinical contexts to develop an understanding of how concepts from within health psychology can be applied to both the individual and to specific disease populations. The unit will consider the theoretical, methodological, and practical aspects of health and illness using applied examples from such fields as psycho-cardiology, psycho-oncology and psycho-gastroenterology, among others.


Assessment task 1: Quiz (20 minutes) 10%

Assessment task 2: Shared Decision-Making Tool and Written Rationale (2000) 50%

Assessment task 3: Examination  40%

Prescribed texts

Taylor, S. (2018). Health Psychology 10th edition, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill

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