HLTH06035 2019 Health Psychology

General Details

Full Title
Health Psychology
Transcript Title
Health Psychology
75 %
Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Azura Youell
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity SG_SHEAL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Exercise Science SG_SHUMA_H08 202200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_B07 202200 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

This module aims to enable learners to identify the relevance of psychology to health and illness and related behaviours. 

The module will introduce principles, theories and salient issues in health psychology and discuss the application of health psychology to health and health promotion practice.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate knowledge of psychological theory related to various aspects of health, illness and related behaviours.


Interact and participate effectively within a group environment.


Communicate health and psychological information effectively in a variety of forms.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time and will include a weekly mix of whole-class lectures and discussion-led small-group workshops, where theory is applied to practical examples, case studies and real life scenarios.  Lectures aim to include opportunities for student-tutor interaction, and occasionally involve a blended learning approach.  Independent learning should include directed reading and computer-based learning tasks.  These approaches are expected to address the various learning needs of students.

A VLE may be used as a repository for educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes on required reading, uploading assignments etc).

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment in the module is a combination of continuous assessment tasks (40%) and a final exam (60%).

Multiple continuous assessments are deliberately offered in different formats to cater for different learning styles, e.g. oral presentation, written paper, online theory quizzes (short-answer, and MCQ), worksheet completion tasks and/or reading based tasks.

On-going quizzes (may be computer-based) will involve low-weighted quizzes at regular intervals e.g. 5% every 3 weeks, totally 20% and may be based on directed reading tasks, assessing various theoretical concepts.

An oral presentation/written paper on a designated course topics will be included towards the end of the module weight ed at 20% to assess students knowledge of theoretical concepts and application of theory.


Repeat Assessments

A student may repeat all or part of the continuous assessment and/or the final exam where they have met the minimum attendance requirement at workshops.

If a student fails to meet the minimum attendance, they will be recommended to repeat-attend the workshops.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Overview of the emergence of health psychology as a field of study, historical origins and development etc

Comparison of the Biomedical and Biopsychosocial Models of viewing Health & Illness

Overview of health & health-related behaviour

Overview of evidence linking individual personality factors and aspects of health & illness including health-related behaviours

Overview of psychological perspectives on stress, coping and illness including psychosocial modifiers of the stress response

Introduction to theoretical models of health-behaviour change with application to case study examples

Psychological perspectives on pain  & chronic illness

Introduction to Exercise Psychology

Introduction to Positive Psychology

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Computer-based theory quizzes Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % OnGoing 1
2 Oral presentation/Written Paper related to one of the key topics. Continuous Assessment Oral Exam/Presentation 20 % End of Semester 1,2,3
3 Workshops employ formative assessment and centre around application of the theory through guided discussion and the use of worksheets and case study examples. Formative Assessment - % OnGoing 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Written Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Workshop/Seminar Classroom Flexible Seating Small-group learning through guided discussion 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study, Reading, Computer-based tasks 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016-12-22 Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions, 9th Edition Wiley

Ed Sarafino and Timothy Smith draw from the research and theory of multiple disciplines in order to effectively demonstrate how psychology and health impact each other. The newly updated 9th Edition of Health Psychology: Biopsychsocial Interactions includes a broader picture of health psychology by presenting cross-cultural data. Furthermore, international examples are also included to further explore the psychologists perspective of health issues around the world and highlight what works in the field. The psychological research cited in the text supports a variety of behavioral, physiological, cognitive, and social/personality viewpoints. An emphasis on lifespan development in health and illness is integrated throughout the text.

Required Reading
2012-05-16 Health Psychology: A Textbook Open University Press
ISBN 0335243835 ISBN-13 9780335243839
Required Reading
2018-05-31 Health Psychology: Understanding the Mind-Body Connection SAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN 1506373712 ISBN-13 9781506373713
Recommended Reading
2015-09-11 Health Behavior: Theory, Research, and Practice (JosseyBass Public Health) John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118628985 ISBN-13 9781118628980
Recommended Reading
2010-08-20 Health Psychology Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 140519460X ISBN-13 9781405194600

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