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Health Psychology Core Issues Academic Credits

Health Psychology Core Issues Academic Credits

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Credits

Subject areas

Clinical Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

This module has been designed to provide an introduction to the areas and concerns of health psychology and the theoretical constructs that guide its work.

Module Outline

Content moves from a basic coverage of the relevant literature to an appreciation of the methodological and theoretical issues underpinning research in the health setting in order to advance students' theoretical and practical knowledge of health psychology and to develop their critical and evaluative skills to apply to health related research. Students will consider ethical dimensions of health research and gain insight into the professional practice of health psychology. Content will include: historical and current theories and approaches in health psychology; theoretical models of health-related behaviour change and cognitions including health enhancing and compromising behaviours, efficacy and control beliefs, attributions, health beliefs and attitudes, social and individuals representations of health and illness, and symptom and risk perception; an introduction to related disciplines such as medical sociology, health policy, and medicine and the implementation of policy, strategy and legislation in health contexts; the physiology of health and illness; stress and psychoneuroimmunology; issues across the lifespan including the impact of hospitalisation on adults and children; and issues relating to a range of client groups including cross-cultural perspectives and sex and gender differences.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


9 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You will usually need to have a good undergraduate degree in Psychology (Upper Second Class or above). If you have a 2:2 degree in psychology and/or relevant work experience in a health care setting you may be accepted.

University information

Based in the West Midlands, Staffordshire University has decades of experience providing first-rate postgraduate education across a broad range of disciplines. The award-winning institution offers courses designed in collaboration with learning industry experts in a bid to provide solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. The main city campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent with the University’s dedicated Centres of Excellence in Healthcare...more