This online Psychology of Health unit from Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University of Technology critically investigates the major issues affecting today’s society, and teaches students the theory, methods and practices necessary for attaining a sophisticated understanding of health psychology.
Using a scientific and research-based approach, students will gain a high level of knowledge about health beliefs and illness cognition, learn how to analyse health issues and identify how to achieve behavioural change.
Once completed, students will also be able to locate, organise and synthesise a broad range of information, effectively evaluate research literature and develop scientific writing skills – essential to any health or psychology profession.
To be eligible to enrol, applicants must have successfully completed the following units:
Foundations of Statistics
It is recommended that students have completed, or have equivalent knowledge of, the following unit:
Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice
Applicants must also ensure they have not completed a previous version of this unit.
Areas of study
In this psychology unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to health psychology
Health related behaviours
Predicting health behaviour
Reducing risk of disease
Population approaches to public health
Stress and Illness moderators
Impact of illness
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne University of Technology
Bachelor of Behavioural Studies (Psychology), Swinburne University of Technology
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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On completion of this unit, students will have a broad understanding of the field of health psychology, and a toolbox of the theories, methods and practices needed for identifying, understanding and analysing a range of critical health issues that affect contemporary society.
Successful completion of this unit will also contribute to achieving a degree in Behavioural Studies from Swinburne University.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Psychology of Health from Swinburne University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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