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PS50029: Introduction to issues in health and health beliefs

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination Section A (EX 50%)
  • Examination Section B (EX 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: PS50029 Retrieval Exam (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To provide a broad introduction to health psychology and health related disciplines
* To locate many of the issues and health concerns of health psychology in the wider health sciences research context.
* Understand and critically evaluate different variables, models, theories and approaches associated with health beliefs and health cognitions.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the unit students will:
* Be familiar with the contributions of different disciplines to the study of health, well-being and disease.
* Be able to demonstrate that they know about the changes in health psychology across the lifespan
* Appreciate some of the key social processes that contribute to the experience and reporting of illness.
* Be familiar with the role of beliefs and cognitions in the context of health.

* To communicate an argument
* To evaluate others arguments and research
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding
Professional / Practical
* To make decisions regarding legitimacy and reliability of evidence
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills
* Revision and examination skills
* Study and Learning skills.

The unit provides a broad introduction to health psychology and related health disciplines. The unit begins by introducing different models of health care. A systematic appraisal of health across the lifespan from children to older adults is covered, as is the social processes of becoming ill. Finally, core concepts in health beliefs and cognitions are covered, as are the relative impact such thought processes have on health-related behaviour.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50029 is available for Auditing on the following programmes:

Department for Health

PS50029 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
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