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PS50196: Health psychology interventions

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 18 [equivalent to 36 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 360
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Reflective report (CW 50%)
  • Report (CW 45%)
  • Reflective summary (CW 5%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of the unit, the students should be able to:
* Demonstrate their ability to apply health psychology insights, models and expertise to health psychology interventions.
* Be able to assess how evidence can inform practice in meeting and influencing public health objectives and agendas.
* Demonstrate the practical and theoretical issues in intervention design, evaluation and implementation
* Demonstrate their ability to evaluate different contexts in which health care is delivered
* Understand the importance of good communication in different health care settings

* To provide students with a theoretical and empirical grounding in health psychology intervention design, evaluation and implementation.
* To provide students with an insight into public policy and practice for dealing with high profile public health issues.
* To consider how communication can impact on the behaviour and health outcomes for patients, their family and health professionals in a variety of health care settings and contexts.

Skills: Intellectual Skills
* To think creatively and analytically
* To communicate an argument
* 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
* To work independently
Professional / Practical
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of health psychology within a variety of health contexts
* Interpersonal communication skills
* To work independently and in groups
* Presentation skills
* Time management skills
* Study and learning skills

Content: The unit will explore the role of health psychologists in planning, developing, evaluating and implementing both individual and public health related interventions. It will explore the different settings and methods for intervention delivery and provide students with an appreciation of contemporary public policy perspectives on the use of research evidence to inform practice and intervention design. In particular the content will relate to models of health behaviour change, segmentation and logic modelling and their applicability to interventions aimed at impacting upon individual level behaviours as well as defined (sub) populations, e.g. by locale, those with high need or at high risk.

Programme availability:

PS50196 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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