Singapore University of Social Sciences

Health Psychology

Health Psychology (PSY265)

Synopsis

This course introduces you to the growing field of Health Psychology. It introduces you to psychological theories and models that explain health and illness. It also examines important aspects within Health Psychology such as alcoholism, smoking, stress management, pain management, and the management of chronic and terminal illness. It also discusses various types of intervention that can address these illnesses.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester

Topics

  • Introduction to health psychology
  • Health behaviours
  • Obesity, Diet, Exercise and Sleep
  • Goal setting and action planning
  • Accident prevention, cancer behaviours and substance abuse
  • Coping strategies
  • Pain management
  • Dealing with advanced/terminal illnesses
  • Complementary alternative therapies
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Psychoneuroimmunology

Learning Outcome

  • Describe common terms, concepts, and theories of health psychology
  • Explain the risks and protective factors of various health-related disorders and diseases
  • Examine the models of behaviour change
  • Develop different intervention methods for health promotion and prevention
  • Apply different intervention methods for health promotion and prevention
  • Appraise the effectiveness of different intervention methods for health promotion and prevention
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