Doctor of Psychology (Health)
Course summary for current students
|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted||Doctor of Psychology (Health)|
4 years full time
|CRICOS course code||040946G|
|Deakin course code||H953|
Offered to continuing students only
The Doctor of Psychology (Health) provides you with the opportunity to obtain professional training in health psychology and develop the academic, practical and research skills required to register and practise as a health psychologist. After successfully completing this course you will be qualified for employment as a psychologist in any area of health psychology, including clinical health and health promotion.
Throughout the course, you will develop:
- specialist knowledge of health psychology as well as the general knowledge and skills required by psychological practitioners;
- advanced knowledge and practical experience in the areas of health promotion and preventative health strategies;
- knowledge and competence in the theory and practice of psychological assessment relevant to health psychology;
- knowledge and awareness of the ethical principles of psychological practice, and in particular in relation to health psychology; and
- advanced levels of competence in the design and conduct of research through completion of a major thesis.
The course is based on the scientist/professional model: before engaging in any clinical intervention, prevention or health promotion strategy it is essential to evaluate the present situation and set appropriate goals that can also be evaluated. The evaluation and definition of the presenting situation is followed by the formulation of the goals of the intervention or health promotion strategy, an assessment of the approach most appropriate to achieve these goals, implementation of the chosen strategies, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the chosen approach in achieving the stated goals. From this major thrust, students will be equipped with a range of different therapeutic interventions and health promotion strategies, with an emphasis on research findings that relate to the effectiveness of different interventions and strategies across different problems and areas of need.
The units in the program have been developed so that they provide the input to achieve the general aims of any health psychology program, that is, the development of skills in the areas of health promotion and prevention, together with relevant diagnostic, assessment, intervention and evaluation skills. In-depth coverage will be achieved in the third year units to provide an understanding of issues related to health promotion and preventative health strategies and extended placements will be undertaken in agencies specialising in these areas. Students will design, undertake and present a major thesis reporting the results of a piece of original research of appropriate quality on a relevant topic. As part of their thesis requirements, students also complete a professional portfolio which is examined externally and is based on cases from their placement.
The course has been accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and meets the requirements for graduates to register as generalist psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia, and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the College of Health Psychologists and endorsement as a Health Psychologist following one year of work experience supervised by a health psychologist, together with completion of stipulated professional development requirements.
Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for membership of the accrediting body is subject to meeting the requirements of the APS and College of Health Psychologists. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.
Your placement program will be worked out jointly by you, the placement coordinator and the practitioners supervising the placements. The placements are designed to equip you with a range of professional skills and to develop an awareness of professional issues. You will have placements in a range of community, hospital and health promotion settings. Contracts will be drawn up that will clearly specify the skills to be mastered, your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the placement supervisor. Placement supervisors are registered and endorsed psychologists, eligible for membership of the College of Health Psychologists. Each placement requires completion of the full complement of days and failure of any one placement may result in exclusion from the course.
Fees and charges
All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students
Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.
2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students
Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:
|Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*||Domestic Fee Paying||International Fee Paying|
|Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.
* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.
The course consists of 24 credit points of work covering three interrelated strands: theory, research and practice.
|HPS914||Studies in Psychopathology|
|HPS977||Psychological Intervention 1|
|HPS976||Issues in Professional Psychology|
|HPS907||Advanced and Applied Research Methods|
|HPS924||Research Thesis A|
|HPS937||Health Placement and Case Analysis 1|
|HPS978||Biological and Neuropsychological Perspectives on Disorder|
|HPS925||Research Thesis B|
|HPS951||Advanced Health Assessment|
|HPS938||Health Placement and Case Analysis 2|
|HPS926||Research Thesis C|
|HPS940||Health Placement and Case Analysis 3|
|HPS941||Psychosocial Issues in Health|
|HPS939||Unit description is currently unavailable|
|HPS927||Research Thesis D|
|HPS946||Health Placement and Case Analysis 4|
|HPS947||Health Promotion Psychology|
|HPS942||Health Placement 5|
|HPS928||Research Thesis E|
Note: All coursework units have a hurdle requirement of 80% attendance. A pass grade in a unit requires satisfactory completion of each component assessed.