Health Psychology



Year three

The module will address the major issues in Health Psychology from the contribution of psychological, behavioural, and physiological factors and processes to health and illness to the application of psychological theories and techniques to the prevention and amelioration of illness and the promotion of health.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Understand and discuss the empirical and theoretical underpinnings of contemporary Health Psychology.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the differing methodologies and methods that inform Health Psychology; epidemiological, experimental, qualitative, etc.
  • Understand and apply the theories and methods of Health Psychology to health care and health promotion.
  • Critically evaluate primary source material and produce concise evidence of critical thinking. This applies to the coursework and to the new critical thinking exam question.
  • Assimilate the empirical evidence presented across lectures and present it in the form of written logical arguments to explain various phenomena in Health Psychology.


Lectures, seminars


Critical debate essay, examination