The Pyschology of Health and Well-being

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Pyschology of Health and Well-being

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Substantial prior study of health psychology.

  • 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

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    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

    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

Course Disclaimer

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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.


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