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MHP5011 - Introduction to health psychology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Felicity Allen


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the field of health psychology by developing an understanding of the different models of health and illness and the theoretical underpinnings of the area. The application of these models in the Australian context will be explored.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. be able to trace the historical development of health psychology;
  2. understand the key concepts, models and theories in health psychology:
  3. appreciate the contribution that these theories can make to psychological practice in an Australian rural setting.


Journal article (2000 words): 40%
Class presentation (1000 words): 20%
Examination (3 hours): 40%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

Five-day on-campus workshop