Health Psychology

National University of Ireland, Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Health Psychology

  • Host University

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This course draws on a variety of subfields in psychology to impart an understanding of how psychological factors contribute to and are affected by health, illness, and health care. The course is organised into the following sections: health biopsychology and health; pain and its management; cognition and health; stress, coping, social support and health; and current issues in applied health psychology.

    Module objectives

    * To highlight the importance of biological, psychological and social factors acting together on health
    * To inculcate an understanding of how health beliefs and habits impact on risky behaviour in young people
    * To gain an appreciation of the impact of stress and emotions on coping generally
    * To understand fundamental contributions to the field from diverse subfields within psychology while focusing on recent research in specific applied areas

    Basic Reading

    * Prescribed during course

    Additional, topic-related reading lists are provided during the course.


    One two-hour examination at the end of Semester 2.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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.