Introduction to Health Psychology
Health and Social Care (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 5
Tuesday 19 January 2021
Tuesday 23 March 2021
11 March 2020
Requisites for this module
Health psychology can rapidly evolving branch of psychology that can be defined as the practice and application of psychological approaches to the study of behaviour relevant to health, illness and health care (British Psychological Society (BPS), Division of Health Psychology (DHP), http://dhp.bps.org.uk/)
Develop knowledge and critical understanding about the strengths and weaknesses of applied psychology in healthcare
On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key issues in health
psychology (e.g. interaction between mind and body)
Apply psychological theories and propose evidence-based solutions (e.g. consider the benefits/challenges of a psychological approach to managing pain or stress)
Identify strengths/weaknesses of main methods of enquiry in health psychology
Consider how a biopsychosocial approach can challenge and extend biomedical
understanding of health and illness
This module provides opportunities to develop knowledge and critical understanding of some key topics and issues in health psychology
The module is taught in the autumn term (teaching weeks 2-11). One 2-hour weekly seminar combines formal lecture materials with group work and class discussion to allow students to explore and debate the application of psychology to health and illness. A significant level of independent study is essential to meet the learning outcomes. Moodle will be used extensively to present materials to support each taught topic.
- (no date) The Journal of Pain.
- (no date) Health Psychology.
- Folkman, Susan. (2011) The Oxford handbook of stress, health, and coping, New York: Oxford University Press.
- Smith, Robert C.; Fortin, Auguste H.; Dwamena, Francesca; Frankel, Richard M. (2013) 'An evidence-based patient-centered method makes the biopsychosocial model scientific', in Patient Education and Counseling. vol. 91 (3) , pp.265-270
- (no date) Psychology & Health.
- Richardson, Clifford; Adams, Nicola; Poole, Helen. (2006-09) 'Psychological approaches for the nursing management of chronic pain: part 2', in Journal of Clinical Nursing. vol. 15 (9) , pp.1196-1202
- (no date) British Journal of Health Psychology.
- (no date) Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
- (2013) The radical shift in NHS doctor/ patient relationships from 1948.
- Melzack, Ronald; Wall, Patrick D. (1965) 'Pain Mechanisms: A New Theory', in Science: American Association for the Advancement of Science. vol. 150, No. 3699, pp.971-979
- Adams, Nicola; Poole, Helen; Richardson, Clifford. (2006) 'Psychological approaches to chronic pain management: part 1', in Journal of Clinical Nursing. vol. 15 (3) , pp.290-300
- (no date) Psychology, Health & Medicine.
- Melzack, Ronald. (2011) 'The Story of Pain', in The Psychologist. vol. 24 (6) , pp.470-471
- Ogden, Jane. (2019) Health psychology, London: McGraw-Hill.
- Lazarus, Richard S.; Folkman, Susan. (c1984) Stress, appraisal, and coping, New York: Springer.
- Morrison, Val; Bennett, Paul. (2016) An introduction to health psychology, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.
- Rice, Virginia Hill. (c2012) Handbook of stress, coping, and health: implications for nursing research, theory, and practice, Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
- Jarrett, Christian. (2011) 'Ouch! The different ways people experience pain', in The Psychologist. vol. 24 (6) , pp.416-420
- Ayers, Susan; De Visser, Richard. (2018) Psychology for medicine & healthcare, Los Angeles: Sage.
- Ayers, Susan; De Visser, Richard. (2018) Psychology for medicine & healthcare, London: Sage.
- Ogden, Jane. (c2012) Health psychology: [a textbook], Maidenhead: Open University Press.
- Ronald Melzack. (2011) 'The McGill Pain Questionnaire', in Handbook of pain assessment, New York: Guilford Press., pp.41-47
- Ayers, Susan; De Visser, Richard. (2011) Psychology for medicine, London: SAGE.
- George L. Engel. (1977) 'The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biomedicine', in Science: American Association for the Advancement of Science. vol. 196 (4286) , pp.129-136
- (2012) 'Remembering the Father of Cognitive Psychology', in APS Observer. vol. 25 (5)
- (no date) Journal of Health Psychology.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||2,500 word essay
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Jennie Todd, email: email@example.com.
Senior Student Administrator
Miss Anna Pruszynska
University of Manchester
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Of 717 hours, 20 (2.8%) hours available to students:
697 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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