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PSYC2026 Introduction to Health Psychology

Module Overview

This module will introduce students to the discipline of health psychology.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Outline the types of topics and problems health psychology is concerned with
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of research in health psychology and critically evaluate some key studies
  • Describe and evaluate key health psychology theories
  • Apply health psychology theories and research findings to address health-related issues


Students will explore theories, research findings and applications of health psychology as related to a range of topics such as; behaviour and health outcomes, behaviour change techniques, interventions (including those delivered digitally via websites and/or smartphone apps), psychological adjustment to chronic illness, pain/symptom perception, sexual health and placebo responses.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods include lectures and small group seminars or tutorials. Students will be expected to read all core readings and some additional readings and, where relevant, to make use of the internet resources for seeking further information.

Practical classes and workshops2
Independent Study126
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 50%
Exam 48%
Research Participation 2%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC1016

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