Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Health Psychology
Course Code PSY303
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s) PSY 100 Introductory Psychology
Course Aims
This course aims to examine the interplay among biological, psychological, and social factors in the development and maintenance of and recovery from physical illnesses. The course will begin with an introduction to the traditional models and theories in health psychology and methodology in health research. We will then look at the mind-body connection underlying various health conditions, and how health beliefs and health behaviours influence the management of these conditions. Finally, we will analyze factors that facilitate behavioural change, and promote healthcare utilization and illness prevention at the individual and population levels. Current scientific findings and cultural aspects of health psychology will also be discussed.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the fundamental principles and theoretical significance of the biopsychosocial
    approach to health psychology
2. Identify the psychosocial factors contributing to the development and maintenance of
    various physical illnesses and health behaviour
3. Apply health psychology theories in intervention design to facilitate behavioural change
    and promote well-being
4. Evaluate critically the key classical and contemporary empirical studies in health
5. Analyze one’s health beliefs and behaviours that influence healthcare utilization and
    adherence to treatment in real-life settings
Assessment Tasks
Class Participation
Group Project Presentation
Group Project Report
Personal Health Behavioural Change Plan
Mid-Term Test
6. Health Promotion Production Work 20%
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