Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences


Dr Gareth Davey



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit will examine the range of psychological factors influencing people's health behaviour, their susceptibility and reactions to illness states and responses to medical treatment. Health psychology encompasses the application of psychological theories to the study of the maintenance and promotion of health, the prevention of illness and the dysfunction and the rehabilitation of those already disabled. This unit is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate the effects of psychological variables on health and illness behaviour, the prevention of illness and adjustment to illness and dysfunction. Compulsory weekend school for off-campus students.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the role of psychosocial variables in health and illness states, and deficiencies in the biomedical model;
  2. explain the importance of psychosocial factors in patient adjustments to illness and dysfunction, treatment and rehabilitation;
  3. indicate how they, as health psychologists, can function as an important member of the health care team; and
  4. design educative programs in health psychology.


Examination (2 hours) (50%)
Report (2,000 words) (30%)
Literature review (1,500 words) (20%)

Hurdle: Students must pass the examination to achieve a pass for this unit.

Workload requirements

Compulsory attendance at a 1 day weekend school is recommended for all off-campus students.

Attendance at tutorials is required in order to successfully complete in-class activities and related assessment tasks.

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Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is recommended for all off-campus students.

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