Health psychology is a rapidly developing sub-discipline of psychology, underlined by a growing number of people affected by, or caring for someone with, a physical and/or mental health condition. Health psychologists examine how biological, psychological, and social/cultural factors affect health, illness, and recovery, and recognise health is more than the absence of disease. Health Psychology is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the study of the promotion and maintenance of health; causes and detection of illness; prevention and treatment of illness; and, improvement of healthcare systems and policy. You will develop advanced understanding of the: impact of acute/chronic/terminal illness on patients and their families; application of psychological theories and methods to assess patient/caregiver outcomes; importance of health literacy and effective clinician-patient-family communication; and, gain skills in the development, evaluation and implementation of interventions to improve patient and caregiver wellbeing. This unit will challenge you to critically evaluate social, cultural, and political aspects of health disparities in Australia, and explore ways to address the needs of the most vulnerable groups in society. At the completion of the unit you will be able to contribute to the development and delivery of evidence-based healthcare programs aimed at addressing current healthcare needs and challenges, particularly in vulnerable populations.
1-hour Lecture and 2-hour Tutorial per week x 13 weeks.
Major essay (30%), poster (20%), poster presentation (20%), final exam (30%)
Departmental Permission is required
Students who have not completed PSYC3020 may be required to do additional reading
12cp of PSYC3XXX units of study