School Of Social Sciences And Psychology

Health PsychologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 101193.3

Discipline: PSYCHOLOGY

Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Basic understanding of core concepts of personality, biological, social and developmental psychology and research methods is desirable.

Equivalent Units
B3916 - Health Psychology

101183 Psychology: Behavioural Science AND 101184 Psychology: Human Behaviour

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must successfully complete 20 credit points of Psychology units including the pre-requisites. Pre-requisites will not apply to students enrolled in courses 1630 Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies and 1501 Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Enrolment in these awards requires graduate status; hence the students have demonstrated proficiency in tertiary studies. Each applicant in these awards is assessed individually and provided with an individual study sequence by the Course Advisor.

About this Unit
Health Psychology is a branch of psychology concerned with the inter-relationship between psychological factors and physical health. It addresses such issues as the possible role of psychological characteristics in health maintenance and promotion, and in the development of illness. Other aspects include reactions to illness, the contribution of psychology to treatment, and explicit means by which health-relevant behaviours might be modified. This unit provides an introduction to Health Psychology and covers theoretical and research issues, the nature and management of stress and pain, issues concerning the receipt of health care and a selection of specific health problems.

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