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PSYC6002 Psychology & The Delivery of Health Care

Module Overview

This module will explore the role of health psychologists in promoting health, designing and delivering health and illness related interventions. We will consider key factors in the delivery of health care, including health promotion, and care for primary care/community and tertiary (hospital-based) patients and their families. We will examine interpersonal skills, information transmission and other influences on patient behaviour and health outcomes. Sessions will provide theoretical and empirical background to these areas and will enable opportunities for the development of problem solving, team-work and communication skills.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the design, underpinning theory, and empirical evidence for health psychology interventions in diverse settings (including public health, primary care, and hospitals) targeted at diverse groups (including patients, families, caregivers, health care professionals).
  • Describe and evaluate different frameworks for intervention development and reporting, including the MRC framework for complex interventions and the CONSORT guidelines for reporting results from treatment trials.
  • Critically analyse from a psychological perspective key aspects of healthcare delivery, including health care communication, screening, and adherence, considering ethical issues and major theories.
  • Describe key issues in leadership and strategic development in health care
  • Demonstrate and reflect on your basic health psychology skills in areas including intervention design, systematic reviewing, communication, and stress-management.


Indicative topics covered include: • The real-world relevance of health psychology • Systematic reviews • Communication in health care • Interventions for caregivers and families • Understanding and improving adherence • Stress management approaches • Hospital-based interventions • Behaviour change interventions • Designing and evaluating complex interventions • Developing tailored internet-delivered interventions • Screening in health care • Leadership, policy and strategic development in health care

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

There are 12 lectures in this module, delivered by the module co-ordinator and a selection of invited lecturers with special expertise in a particular topic. Typically, lectures will emphasize active learning and you are expected to participate, for example in class discussions, debates, and other activities. To facilitate such involvement, you might be asked to do some preparatory work in advance of some sessions. To successfully complete the module, you will need to engage in your own personal study; to get you started we will provide a reading list for each topic. In addition to the 12 lectures, you will also attend 5 skills workshops associated with this module. As part of your skills training in this module, you will present a poster at the annual Psychology Postgraduate Conference. Opportunities for formative assessment and feedback are built into the module in the form of in-class teaching and learning activities and blended learning resources. These include, for example: small group work and presentations; small-group and whole class discussions; observed exercises; spontaneous and/or planned questions and answers; and individual activity sheets. Staff provide verbal feedback during these activities to help you gauge and develop your knowledge and understanding. Test-yourself multiple choice questions (with automated feedback/answers) are available on Blackboard so that you can evaluate your own knowledge and understanding.

Independent Study154
Total study time200



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 40%
Literature review  (3000 words) 60%
Skills portfolio %


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 40%
Literature review  (3000 words) 60%
Skills portfolio %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC6001


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Conference expenses

The department will cover the costs of printing posters to present at the Psychology Postgraduate Conference.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Students are expected to fund their own printing and photocopying costs, if any.


Core texts should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. The library will also have at least one copy of textbooks listed as additional background reading , or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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