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Health Psychology Applied To Public Health (Module)

Module description

This module aims to provide a psychological framework for considering important questions about health behaviours relevant to public health.  It is intended that students will be able to analyse public health problems involving health behaviours in a thoughtful and evidence-based manner and determine the appropriate psychological principles, theories and research that will best inform interventions to address those particular problems.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be able to: 

  • Describe a number of relevant psychological models of the determinants of health-related behaviours such as physical activity, diet, smoking, medication adherence and coping with long-term conditions
  • Critically discuss these models and the evidence to support them
  • Apply these models to inform the design of interventions to promote health
  • Critique published research of evaluations of psychological interventions designed to influence health behaviours and outcomes
  • Design the evaluation of a psychologically-informed health-related behaviour change intervention

Please note: psychology research makes considerable use of statistics. Students will be expected to have a good understanding of the statistical analysis techniques taught in the Basic Epidemiology & Statistics module and to be willing to learn how to interpret other types of analyses presented in journal articles.

Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

Seminars, combining lecturing with interactive learning activities.  

Module assessment - more information

Not applicable

Key information

Module code 7MHPH018

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No