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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. One of the pre-requisites for PSYC6022

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims: * To foster an enquiring and critical approach to modifiable elements in health care. * To explore key concepts in the delivery of health care including patient practitioner communication and adherence. * To give opportunities to practice interpersonal communication skills, relaxation techniques and the design of behaviour change materials. * To familiarize you with stress-management approaches, self-management, and interventions for different populations and in different formats. * To critically analyse some of the existing guidelines on the development of interventions. * To understand the research processes involved in designing health psychology interventions and assessing their efficacy and effectiveness. This module also aims to help you to develop graduate attributes. • Global Citizenship – knowledge of global patterns of morbidity and mortality; understanding of the impact of cultural contexts on health behaviour. • Ethical Leadership –awareness of values underpinning health psychology and important ethical issues which our profession can contribute to, including for example reducing social inequalities in health. • Academic Attributes – ability to independently critically appraise knowledge claims and to apply psychological theory to real world health problems. • Communication Skills – ability to communicate about advanced material (health psychology theory and research), using evidence to illustrate and develop an argument, for academic purposes in writing and orally. • Reflective Learner – ability to reflect on attempts to change one’s own health behaviour; to develop own learning and practice; to make links between personal experience, empirical evidence and academic theory.

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

Special Features

Guest lecturers provide expert input for selected sessions.

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.

Independent Study154
Total study time200



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 66%
Exam  (2 hours) 30%
Skills portfolio 4%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC6001

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