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PY2104 - Health Psychology

[Offered in odd-numbered years in Cairns, Townsville. ]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

This subject attempts to give an introduction to a number of issues in the field which has grown very rapidly in recent years under the rubric "health psychology". Health is analysed using the biopsychosocial model. The interaction between biological, psychological and social factors in the production of health and illness thus forms the main focus. The treatment of the subject will be to examine a number of topics and problems in depth, rather than give a more superficial treatment of a broad number of issues. Areas covered include psychosocial stress and its affect on health; stress management, health promotion and disease prevention, nutrition, AIDS research and psychoimmunology; dispositional factors in cardiovascular disease; influence of supportive networks on health, doctor-patient interactions and compliance with medical regimens.

Learning Outcomes

  • to apply principles of health psychology in health care practice and public health;
  • to develop a critical appreciation of research into biopsychosocial interactions and health;
  • to develop a good understanding of theory, research and methods in health psychology;
  • to integrate ideas from health psychology in the promotion of mental and physical health.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PY2084

Availabilities

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
Census Date 13-Nov-2014
Lecturers: Dr Divjyot Kaur, Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); presentations (20%); literature review (30%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
Census Date 20-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano
Lecturer: Dr Divjyot Kaur.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); presentations (20%); literature review (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.