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PS50160: 21st century public health psychology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you are advised totake PS50029
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students an insight into public policy and practice for dealing with high profile public health issues. The primary focus will be on the use of evidence to inform public health policy decision making over setting priorities and intervention options, to bring about measurable improvements in public health.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit, students will:
* Demonstrate their ability to apply health psychology insights, models and expertise to public health contexts.
* Appreciate high profile contemporary public health agendas
* Be able to assess how evidence can inform practice in meeting public health objectives
* Be aware of contemporary perspectives on the contribution of the State, individuals and employers to the maintenance / improvement of public health.
* Be able to understand the applicability of the potential contributions of health psychologists to meeting public health objectives.

* To think creatively and analytically
* To communicate and argument
* To work independently
* To utilise problem solving skills
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding
Professional / Practical
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of health psychology within a variety of health contexts.
* Interpersonal communication skills
* Study and learning skills.

The unit aims to provide students with an appreciation of contemporary public policy perspectives on the use of research evidence to inform practice; intervention design (in particular aspects relating to behaviour change, segmentation and logic modelling) and impact evaluation. Linkages will be made between traditional (individual focused) health psychology and related models of behaviour change and their applicability to interventions aimed at impacting up defined (sub) populations, e.g. by locale, these with high need or at high risk.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50160 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology