The Pyschology of Health and Well-being
Area of Study
Taught In English
Substantial prior study of health psychology.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
The module will engage students with the main themes of contemporary health
psychology and positive psychology with a particular focus on theory, research,
intervention, and application.
The students will gain an understanding of the importance of psychological processes in
the experience of health and illness, and explore the role of behaviour and emotion in
current trends of mortality and morbidity. In addition, students will gain an
understanding of the role of positive emotions, optimism, spirituality, flourishing
relationships, and community engagement in promoting health, well-being, and
They will also become aware of the crucial roles health psychology and positive
psychology have to play in the development and evaluation of physical and psychological
health promotion interventions.
Autumn Semester summary:
? Predicting Health Behaviours: socio-cognitive models
? Eating and Obesity
? Changing Health behaviours: persuasion and motivation
? Designing Health Interventions
? Illness cognition
? Addictive behaviours: smoking, alcohol and drug use
? Stress and coping
? Screening behaviours
Spring Semester summary:
? Ethnicity and Access to healthcare
? Doctor-patient communication & Adherence
? Preparation and recovery from surgery
? Cost of Caring
? Death and Dying
? Positive Psychology
? Subjective well-being and happiness
? Human strengths & resilience
? Mindfulness and Flow
? Positive psychology interventions
Teaching: 2-hour weekly interactive lectures
STUDY OPTION 1:
Portfolio of coursework:
? 1,500-word Individual Research Proposal (50%)
? 1,500-word essay (50%)
STUDY OPTION 2: 1500-word Individual Research Proposal (100%)
STUDY OPTION 3: 1,500-word essay (100%)
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
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.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.