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C84HTM Understanding, Predicting and Changing Health Behaviour
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

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.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The key cognitions associated with performing health-related behaviours; the cognitive determinants of health-related behaviours according to a range of models (health belief model, theory of planned behaviour, social cognitive theory); role of stage models to the understanding of change in health behaviours; the intention-behaviour gap in relation to health behaviours. The role of information in health-related motivation and action and how it should be presented to maximize its impact; how social influence techniques can be applied to maximize the impact of health promotion advice on motivation, in mass media, one-to-one and group communication; how the manner in which messages are processed determines which message features have most impact on attitude change; the role of self-efficacy in motivation, health behaviour and health and how self-efficacy can be enhanced. The role of elicitation research prior to intervention design; role of the ‘social ecological’ model of change and the ‘information, motivations and behavioural skills’ model; how intervention materials can target key behavioural determinants found to be deficient in the target population; role of fear appeals and the importance of theory-based materials; behaviour change techniques and their relationship to psychological theories; appraising reports of intervention evaluations in terms of the quality of outcome and process evaluations, as well as the utility and sustainability of the proposed interventions.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks1 per week8 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 Portfolio 

Professor N Coulson

Education Aims:  This module aims to provide students with a critical insight into psychological factors which may help us understand, predict and change health-related behaviour.

Learning Outcomes:  On completion of this module, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

Intellectual Skills

Transferable skills

Offering School:  Medicine

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