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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Health Psychology
Module Code PSYC206
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Emma Delemere
Semester 2: Emma Delemere
Autumn: Emma Delemere
Module TeachersPamela Gallagher
Siobhan Woods
Emma Delemere
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge of the major theories and research in the field of health psychology and to introduce the student to the ways in which biopsychosocial processes can influence health and illness. Students will be familiarised with the theories, models and core areas of health psychology, including changing health behaviours, stress and coping, health- and illness-related cognitions, adherence and psychosocial impacts of illness.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the biopsychosocial causes and consequences of health and illness
2. Discuss health risk and health protective behaviours
3. Discuss predictors of health behaviours and the ways in which health behaviours can be changed
4. Discuss the relationship between stress, health and illness
5. Discuss the psychosocial impacts of illness

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture14Weekly lecture content addressing indicative syllabus
Group work10Guided workshop activities and group tasks
Online activity9Supplement understanding of indicative syllabus
Assignment Completion15Assignment 1: Preparation of critique of journal articles including identifying relevant articles, reading articles, reviewing articles and preparing for in-class presentation.
Assignment Completion15Assignment 2: Preparation of critique of journal articles including identifying relevant articles, reading articles, reviewing articles and preparing for in-class presentation.
Assignment Completion35Assignment 3: Essay preparation including the integration of relevant theory and research
Independent Study27Self directed reading
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introducing health, health psychology and the biopsychosocial model of health and illness

Health protective and health risk behaviours

Explaining and changing health behaviour

Health and illness-related cognitions

Stress, health and illness; theories, moderators and management

Patient adherence and communication

Psychosocial impact of illness

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationStudents will work in groups and will present their two critical reviews of peer-reviewed journal articles.60%n/a
EssayAn essay on a health psychology topic that integrates relevant theory and research.40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Ogden, J.: 2019, Health Psychology: A Textbook, 6th ed., McGraw-Hill Education (UK),
  • Norman P, Connor M: 2015, Predicting and Changing Health Behaviour: Research and practice with social cognition models, 3rd Ed, Open University Press, Maidenhead, UK,
  • Horrocks, C., & Johnson, S.: 2012, Advances in Health Psychology: Critical Approaches, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 978-0230275386
  • Llewellyn, C.: 2019, Cambridge handbook of psychology, health and medicine, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK,
  • Morrison V, Bennett P: 2016, Introduction to Health Psychology, 4th, Pearson,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology

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