Courses & Units

Health Psychology KHA359

This unit has been discontinued.


This an advanced level elective unit


This unit covers the main areas in contemporary Health Psychology. The unit will focus on health psychology, its origins and history, the contexts within which it can be applied, and the methods used to study it. Health Psychology will be examined within the BioPsychoSocialEcological model. Issues relating to psychological aspects of illness causation and interpretation, health promotion, prevention and the maintenance of primary prevention, pain and the psychological issues associated with chronic illness. The developmental issues associated with these factors will also be discussed. Further, the unit will cover major sources of stress such as frustration, conflict, change, pressure and trauma and will elucidate differences between chronic stress, acute stress and posttraumatic stress. Various models of stress will be examined as well as the physical, emotional and behavioural responses individuals may display. Factors that potentially moderate stress reactions will be covered, such as personality dimensions and more so, coping strategies, including social support. Both maladaptive and adaptive coping will be considered and the application of stress and coping theories will be discussed within the context of individuals, families and organisations. In the practical component students will explore the application of health psychology principles to individual and community health care and health promotion contexts. Case study, reviews of current research, and practical assignments will be used to examine these issues and illustrate how health psychology can be used to understand and manage. Stress and coping assessment tools will also be introduced and sampled enhancing the practical element of this unit.


Unit name Health Psychology
Unit code KHA359
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Psychology

Dr Ben Schuez (Hobart)

Teaching staff

Dr Ben Schuez

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

One 2-hr lecture and one 2-hr practical class weekly (13 weeks)


2-hr examination (50%) 1500 word report(30%) 1000 word case study (20%)

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