Module code: PSY3073

Module provider


Module Leader

OGDEN JE Prof (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 6 PAGE ESSAY 25
Examination 90-MINUTE EXAMINATION 75

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Module overview

This module introduces students to the key theories and methods of health psychology and focuses on a number of research areas including health behaviour and behaviour change, help seeking and access to health care and chronic conditions and their management.

Module aims

The course aims to develop a critical understanding of the theories, methods, and applications underpinning health psychology. It aims to demonstrate how a scientific understanding of behaviour can be applied to understanding and changing health behaviours and outcomes in physical illness

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Critical understanding of the theories and methods underpinning health psychology KCPT
Critical understanding of the predictors of health behaviours, how health behaviours contribute to physical health, and how health behaviours can be changed effectively KC
Critical understanding of the role of psychology in understanding physical health outcomes and how psychological interventions can help improve health outcomes in chronic disease KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The course will be based around such topics as: theories and models in health psychology, the role of health beliefs in understanding health behaviour, changing health behaviour, help seeking, the role of psychology in understanding and managing chronic conditions such as cancer, coronary heart disease, obesity, HIV, and pain.

The lecture plan will probably be as follows:

1.Introduction to health psychology

2.Eating behaviour

3. Obesity

4. Behaviour change

5. Help seeking

6. Stress and coping

7. Women’s health

8. Pain

9. CHD

10. Sexual health, HIV and AIDs

11. Course overview

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching methods include:

11 lectures (2 hour lecture per week x 11 weeks), as follows:

Week 1 -  Lecture setting the scene for the module with a general overview of theories and methods in health psychology (2 hours)

Weeks 2-10 – Lectures presenting information regarding specific areas of research (18 hours)

Week 11 – A revision overview to consider key theories, research and areas for critical thinking (2 hours)

Dedicated SurreyLearn page including space to discuss readings and the week’s critical questions.

Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework essay (6 pages, 25%)

Each student will be able to chose from one of 3 essay questions and will be encouraged to answer in terms of theories, research evidence and critical thinking. 

Examination (90 mins, 75%)

The exam will involve answering 2 essay questions chosen from 6 questions reflecting 6 out of 9 of the areas covered on the course.

Justification for assessment methods

Both assessments will address all learning outcomes. 

Reading list

Reading list for HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.