HPS226 - Health Psychology (Chronic Illness)


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Previously: Applied Health Psychology


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour (campus) seminar per week
1 x 1 hour (recorded) lecture per week
1 x 1 hour (online) Q & A per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2 hour (online) seminar per week
1 x 1 hour (recorded) lecture per week
1 x 1 hour (online) Q & A per week


Drop-in Q&A online sessions will be scheduled throughout the trimester; see the unit cloud site for more details.


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.

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