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MHP5051 - Clinical health psychology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Nicole Rinehart


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The role of the health psychologist within acute and chronic health care settings will be outlined in this unit. The areas that will be examined include the psychological treatment of a range of health problems; the psychological impact of illness and subsequent adjustment issues; dying, death and bereavement, and the role of support networks in health and illness.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand the aetiology, course and prognosis of major health problems;
  2. have conducted assessment and treatment of habit control and behaviour change;
  3. appreciate the preventative approaches to reccurrent and/or chronic conditions and disease;
  4. understand the psychological approaches to rehabilitation.


Essay (2000 words): 30%
Assessment report (1500 words): 30%
Class presentation: 10%
Examination (2 hours): 30%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

Five-day on-campus workshop