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PY3111 - Advanced Health Psychology

[Offered in even-numbered years in Townsville. ]

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

This subject aims to extend the knowledge gained in PY2104. The focus in the subject will be upon health psychology at a public health level rather than at the level of the individual. Taking a health promotion perspective, topics covered will include factors contributing to chronic disease and the social determinants of health. Particular attention will be paid to the differential impact such factors have upon different population groups, for example children and indigenous Australians. Students will also be instructed in the use and meaning of basic epidemiological terms.

Learning Outcomes

  • the ability to read complex written and graphical health information from a variety of sources;
  • the ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to health psychology;
  • the ability to find and access health information using traditional library search techniques and information from Government and non-Government sources and the ability to evaluate and integrate that information;
  • the ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • the ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self-directed manner and to participate in team activities.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101, PY1102 OR PY2104


Townsville, Block, Study Period 6
Census Date 26-Jun-2014
Face to face teaching (20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials spread over 5 consecutive days; 12 hours of practical time spread across the study period)
Coord/Lect: Dr Connar McShane.
Workload expectations:
  • 20 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals - Research Project
Assessment: other exams (50%); assignments (20%); literature review/program evaluation (30%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 17-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano
Lecturer: Dr Divjyot Kaur.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours practicals - Research project
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (20%); literature review/program evaluation (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.