Health Psychology ADED11003E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Why do people put their health at risk even though high profile campaigns warn of the potential dangers? Why, when illness strikes do some people cope and adapt to the implications of the affliction better than others? This course explores the factors influencing health, illness and well-being, along with how health psychology applies to various population groups.


Block 3 

2 hours pw for 10 weeks


Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





The assessment for this course will be as follows:

■ A final online exam which will be open for the duration of the final week of the course.  Students will be provided with a list of six terms (e.g. problem-focused coping) and will be asked to define three of these and write a brief essay describing its application/contribution to health psychology. Students will be encouraged to research the answers, and collaborative learning with peers will help reinforce the learning process.

■ A five-minute facilitated poster presentation taking place during class on week seven of term. Students will be required to pick a topic from a list provided and will design a study based on that topic.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide a broad introduction to the research, theory and methods of health psychology, including a focus on:

■ Psychological, social and cultural influences on an individual's health and health behaviours,

■ The practical application of health psychology.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate knowledge of psychological concepts and their use in health psychology,

■ Distinguish between different models explaining factors underlying health behaviours,

■ Explain the effects of individual differences and group influences on health,

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the factors influencing responses to illness and subsequent coping styles,

■ List different psychological methods used to facilitate behaviour change.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment