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.
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
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.
Seminars, combining lecturing with interactive learning activities.
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