School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Health Psychology

Module code: PSY317

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Thursday 9 am - 11 am

Contact: Dr Elke Vlemincx
Overlap: PSY213
Prerequisite: None

This module introduces an area of special interest to applied psychologists - namely, psychology as applied to health behavior and medicine. The course covers the central models and evidence bases concerning the relationship of psychological processes to health maintenance, treatment adherence, professional-patient interactions, stress and immune system function. Topics covered by this module include models of health behaviour and their explanatory power; psychology and health promotion; adherence to treatment and advice, health professional and patient interactions; personality, health and lifestyle; psychoneuroimmunology; the psychology of pain perception; coping with chronic & terminal conditions, conditioning theories of addictions, and placebo vs. nocebo effects.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 75.0% Examination, 25.0% Coursework
Level: 6