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DPSY6107 - Health psychology and behavioural medicine

SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Professor Paul Martin


Not offered in 2007


This unit provides an advanced level introduction to the growing field of health psychology. The major systems of the body that underlie health and illness will be reviewed, including the nervous system, endocrine system, immune system and cardiovascular system. The prevalence of major chronic diseases will be discussed and factors related to prevalence. Behaviour and lifestyle as they relate to health and illness will be reviewed. Health promotion and the prevention of disease will be discussed.


Satisfactory attendance (80%) and participation in each seminar are required to pass the unit. The students will be required to submit a literature review of 4,000 to 5,000 words on a topic related to one or more of the seminar topics. They will be encouraged to seek support in writing the review from the presenter(s) of the seminar topic(s). The literature review cannot overlap significantly with any other assignment submitted for the course. The review must be submitted in the form of a manuscript prepared for a specified journal.