SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMC826025
Module Leader Lindsey Burns
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module will present an overview of contexts and perspectives in health psychology. It will develop an awareness of professional issues in healthcare and professional settings and with potential client groups and stakeholders. It will consider the biopsychosocial and psychosomatc aspects of health psychology. The module introduces a range of theoretical models of health related behaviour and behaviour change techniques. It explores psychometric issues and challenges pertaining to their practical administration. This module also orientates around broadening concepts, methods, self-refection and evaluative strategies that may be employed when working with clients within a health psychology context.


This module will explore the following topics: b7 Contexts and perspectives in health psychology b7 Physiological and psycho-somatc disease processes b7 Epidemiology, health and illness b7 Theoretical models of health related behaviour and behaviour change techniques b7 Psychometric issues and practical administration b7 Health promotion b7 Healthcare and professional settings

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Critically appraise a range of contexts and perspectives in health psychology;2. Critically evaluate relevant physiological, biopsychosocial and psychosomatic disease processes and their application to health psychology;3. Critically appraise theoretical models of health related behaviour and behaviour change techniques;4. Critically evaluate psychometric tools in applied health psychology practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Teaching will comprise a combination of weekly lectures, practical sessions. Students are supported through GCULearn VLE and flipped classrooms.

Indicative Reading

Anisman, H. (2016) Health Psychology . London; SAGE. Marks, D., Murray, M., & Estacio, E. (2018). Health psychology: Theory, research & practice (5 th edition) . London: Sage. Murray, M. (2015). Critical health psychology . NY: Palgrave. Sarafno, E & Smith, T. (2014). Health psychology: Biopsychosocial interactions (8 th ed.) .Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Transferrable Skills

Problem solving; collaborative working; advanced communication and writing skills; creativity and innovation; critical thinking; time management; critical dialogue; influencing; enterprise.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Practicals (FT) 11.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% 3000 word essay