Courses - Faculty of Medical And Health Sciences


Health Psychology

Stage I

HLTHPSYC 122
15 Points

Behaviour, Health and Development

Introduction to the relationship between behaviour and the major biological, cognitive and social-emotional processes, applying them to health and development across the life span. Focuses on aspects of behaviour and development particularly relevant for the healthcare professional.

Restriction: POPLHLTH 122

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

HLTHPSYC 714
15 Points

Health Psychology

A review of the psychological factors involved in health and illness. Topics include: the understanding of patient behaviour in medical settings, preventative health behaviour, cognitive models of illness, stress and illness, communication and adherence to treatment, the psychology of physical symptoms and coping with chronic disease.

HLTHPSYC 715
15 Points

Research Methods in Health Psychology

A review of the principal methods used in the design, conduct and analysis of studies in the health psychology area. This will focus on quantitative research, but qualitative methodologies will also be addressed.

HLTHPSYC 716
15 Points

Psychoneuroimmunology

Outlines the nature of the human immune system, its measurement and limitations of current practices and models. The main focus of the course is the extent to which psychological processes such as stress, emotions, and social interactions have been found to influence immune behaviour and the implications of these findings for health and wellbeing. Various theoretical frameworks through which psycho-immune relationships might be understood are presented and discussed.

HLTHPSYC 717
15 Points

Emotions, Emotion Regulation, and Health

Extends content knowledge in health psychology by focussing on the expanding literature linking emotions and emotion regulation with health outcomes. The course provides an overview of the nature and functions of emotions, discrete versus dimensional approaches, developmental and cultural considerations, and the links between emotions and cognitive processes. Specific topics include direct and indirect pathways linking emotions and health, links between emotions and health-deleterious behaviours, symptom detection, screening behaviour, treatment decision-making, and adherence.

HLTHPSYC 718
15 Points

Psychophysiology and Health

Describes general psychophysiological methodology including the measurement, analysis and interpretation of physiological data. Topics include physiological responses to stress including heart rate, blood pressure, heart rate variability, cortisol and the startle response. This course takes a multi-systems approach to exploring health and affords the opportunity to view behavioural, physiological and neuroendocrine responses to stress.

HLTHPSYC 719
15 Points

Health Psychology Assessment

Extends content knowledge in health psychology through the development of skills in the assessment and evaluation of constructs commonly used in health psychological research and practice. Includes consideration of general issues in psychometric theory and the specific assessment issues commonly confronting widely-used health psychological research designs, as well as detailed coverage of specific content areas including illness cognitions, health-related psychophysiology, emotions, and health outcomes.

Restriction: PSYCH 701, 747

HLTHPSYC 720
15 Points

Health Psychology Interventions

Reviews the underpinning theory base for approaches commonly used in health psychology interventions such as CBT, and applies these approaches to examples from the field of health psychology. Individual and group/community treatment targets will be considered, including common difficulties that impact on disease occurrence or management, and the psychological consequences of disease.

Restriction: PSYCH 701, 748

HLTHPSYC 721
15 Points

Self-Management in Chronic Illness

Describes the concept of self-management and how it relates to managing the symptoms, treatment and psychological changes that occur after being diagnosed with a chronic health condition. Some of the most prevalent health conditions and relevant self-care behaviours will be covered including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and cancer. A review of the psychological impact of having a chronic illness will also be covered, including coping with chronic illness. The course will also focus on designing self-management interventions, including a review of the frameworks for intervention development, implementation and evaluation.

HLTHPSYC 742A
15 Points

HLTHPSYC 742B
15 Points

Professional Practice in Health Psychology

Focuses on the professional intervention skills necessary to practice health psychology. Topics include: interviewing and assessment skills, formulation of problems, design and evaluation of interventions and models for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary functioning. Relevant contexts include: hospitals, hospices, consultancies, general practice etc.

Prerequisite: HLTHPSYC 746

To complete this course students must enrol in HLTHPSYC 742 A and B

HLTHPSYC 743
15 Points

Psychopathology and Clinical Interviewing

Common psychological disorders encountered in clinical practice and health settings. Practical teaching of clinical interview and diagnostic skills is completed in class.

HLTHPSYC 744
15 Points

Research Topic in Health Psychology

Offers the opportunity for academic staff to provide a specific course of study for one or several students. It is available only by arrangement between the staff member(s) and students.

HLTHPSYC 745A
45 Points

HLTHPSYC 745B
45 Points

Practicum in Health Psychology

A practical component of supervised applied work of not less than 1,500 hours in approved health settings, and other work as required. A detailed written report of the work undertaken will be required of the student.

Prerequisite: HLTHPSYC 746

To complete this course students must enrol in HLTHPSYC 745 A and B

HLTHPSYC 746
30 Points

HLTHPSYC 746A
15 Points

HLTHPSYC 746B
15 Points

Pre-internship Placement

Requires students to undertake 300+ hours in at least two approved clinical placements in addition to associated workshops and training over a twelve month period.

To complete this course students must enrol in HLTHPSYC 746 A and B, or HLTHPSYC 746

HLTHPSYC 755
15 Points

Special Study

HLTHPSYC 757
15 Points

Psychosomatic Processes

Focuses on the psychological, social and biological mechanisms behind illnesses that present with medically unexplained symptoms. Such illnesses include: chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome and the somatoform disorders. The diagnostic controversy surrounding these disorders and treatment approaches for these conditions will be addressed.

HLTHPSYC 758
15 Points

Special Topic

HLTHPSYC 796A
60 Points

HLTHPSYC 796B
60 Points

Thesis in Health Psychology

To complete this course students must enrol in HLTHPSYC 796 A and B

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