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PY2104 - Health Psychology

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

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

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

Cairns, Study Period 7, Block
Census Date 09-Jul-2015
Face to face teaching (Face to face dates exist for this subject)
Coord/Lect: 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%).

JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 30-Jul-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Marie Caltabiano
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); presentations (20%); literature review (30%).
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Coord/Lect: Dr Connar McShane.
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.