Total Credits: 20
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Restricted to students registered on the MSc Health Psychology, Division of Rehabilitation & Ageing. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.
|Spring||Assessed by end of Spring Semester|
Prerequisites: Degree in psychology and graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Summary of Content: This module begins by introducing students to the diverse ways in which psychological factors alter biological processes central to health and well-being. Topics covers include; (a) an overview of key biological systems, (b) the role of psychological factors in influencing vulnerability to new diseases, (c) the role of psychological factors in disease progression. This module continues with an explanation of the contribution of health psychology to our understanding of chronic illness. Topics covered include (a) an introduction to chronic illness and associated disability and the main theories relating to patients' beliefs regarding illness and treatment (b) exploration of how psychological factors influence patients' treatment selections and treatment outcomes; (c) the role of psychological interventions in chronic disease management.
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||5 weeks||1 per week||7 hours|
Method of Assessment:
Professor N Coulson
Education Aims: This module aims to provide students with knowledge of contemporary issues in the area of chronic illness and an understanding of key psychological influences on health and illness.
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
Knowledge and understanding:
Professional practical skills
Offering School: Medicine
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