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Continuing Professional Development

Introduction to Health Psychology


The details
Introduction to Health Psychology
15 credits
Level 5
No date available
Colchester Campus

Understanding psychological theory and its application in healthcare settings is important because behaviour is shaped by beliefs, emotions and cognitions about health and illness that arise from personal history and prior experiences.

This module is suitable for health and social care professionals who are interested in developing a better understanding of applied psychology, including interventions for managing stress, pain and long term conditions and the importance of communication for predicting adherence.

Learning outcomes

After this module you will:

  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of some key issues that include the interaction of mind-and body in health and illness
  • be able to apply psychological theories and propose evidence-based solutions
  • be able to identify strengths/weaknesses of evidence-based health psychology
  • be able to consider how a biopsychosocial approach can challenge and extend traditional (biomedical) understanding of issues in health and illness.

Accreditation and professional recognition

Mapping to Programme Outcomes is dependent on Programme of study for full time undergraduates enrolled for this module. See our programme specs here

Mapping to Regulatory Body Standards: N/A

Our expert staff

This module was written and has been taught by Jennie Todd for fourteen years. She has been involved with applied psychological and healthcare research and teaching in Higher Education for almost two decades in roles that include senior research officer and research advisor for the East of England NIHR RDS

<p>“A comprehensive module that taught me how to be more analytic and I could see how I could apply what I learned to healthcare” -&nbsp;Level 6 student 2017/18 cohort.</p>

Entry Requirements

Pre-requisites: - Suitable for a variety of undergraduate modular health-related pathways that include some previous exposure to psychology. CPD students would need to discuss the appropriate level of enrolment required depending on previous study/experience.


Module Outline

Module delivered via 2-hour lecture-seminar each week across spring term (weeks 16-25) on Tuesdays (10-12).

Assessment strategy

Submit one 2500-word piece of coursework (100% weighting, 40 pass mark).

Fees and funding

For more information on CPD funding please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/funding

What's next

For more information on what next, and how to apply please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/how-to-apply

Get in touch

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email cpd@essex.ac.uk.