Health Psychology

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Health Psychology

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students must have passed either PSY2009F, PSY2005S, PSY2010S, PSY2011F or PSY2008F.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7 - 8
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to psychological theories, principles, models and methods applicable to various health care and community settings. Topics will range from health behaviour change and adherence factors to mind-body interventions, coping with stress and psychoneuroimmunology. The course is broadly concerned with the interface of psychological health and physical well-being. Both international and South African contexts are addressed.

    DP requirements: Completion of all coursework.

    Assessment: Coursework (essays and tests) counts 50%. This mark consists of one debate (5%), 2 essays (30%) and 6 short online MCQ?s (15%) ? 15% of this mark is group work. One two-hour examination in June counts 50% towards the final mark.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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