On Campus
1 x 50-minute lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
Distance Education
1 x 50-minute online lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour online excercises weekly
1 Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
1a Admission into BBSC-Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
1b Admission into BND-Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
1c Admission into BPSY-Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
1d Admission into BPARA-Bachelor of Paramedic Science
1e Admission into BHSMOT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy
1f Admission into BHSMPT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
1g Admission into BCLSMD-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
1h Admission into BPS-Bachelor of Psychological Science
1i Admission into BEXS-Bachelor of Exercise Science
1j Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
1k Admission into BHN-Bachelor of Human Nutrition
1l Admission into BLITTHL-Bachelor of Letters (Health)
1m Admission into BLITTHLG-Bachelor of Letters (Health) (Graduate Entry)
1n Admission into BHSAG-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Ageing)
1o Admission into BHSDH-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health)
1p Admission into BHSHM-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management)
1q Admission into BHSHP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion)
1r Admission into BHSIN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Innovation)
1s Admission into BHSPN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiology and Neuroscience)
1t Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
1u Admission into BHSTS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies)
1v Admission into BPARANT-Bachelor of Paramedic Science
1w Admission into BEDSEC-Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
1x Admission into BPARAREP-Bachelor of Paramedic Science
2 Admission into ADHS-Associate Degree in Health Sciences
2a Admission into DIPHS-Diploma in Health Sciences
2b Admission into BPARAM-Bachelor of Paramedicine
2c Admission into BPARAMNT-Bachelor of Paramedicine
2d Admission into BPARAMREP-Bachelor of Paramedicine
2e Admission into HBNTD-Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)
2f Admission into BNS-Bachelor of Nutrition Science
2g Admission into BEDSTBHS-Bachelor of Education Studies, Bachelor of Health Sciences
2h Admission into BNE-Bachelor of Nutrition and Exercise
2i Admission into BPH-Bachelor of Public Health
2j Admission into ADHSFP-Associate Degree in Health Sciences - City Campus
2k Admission into BHSFP-Bachelor of Health Sciences - City Campus
2l Admission into BHSDHFP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health) - City Campus
2m Admission into BHSHMFP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management) - City Campus
2n Admission into BHSPSFP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology) - City Campus
2o Admission into BHSTSFP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies) - City Campus
2p Admission into BMS-Bachelor of Medical Science
2q Admission into BMSA-Bachelor of Medical Science - Accelerated
2r Admission into BMSH-Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s or 1t or 1u or 1v or 1w or 1x)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e or 2f or 2g or 2h or 2i or 2j or 2k or 2l or 2m or 2n or 2o or 2p or 2q or 2r)))
Enrolment not permitted
HLTH2002 has been successfully completed
Course context
Students enrolled in other undergraduate awards may be permitted to undertake this topic but only with the permission of the course coordinator, BHlthSc.
Assignments, Tests, Tutorial Participation
Topic description
The topic introduces students to theory and research in psychology that informs our understanding of psychological responses to health and illness. It applies a range of psychological perspectives to health settings including: acute and chronic illness, grief and loss, stress and coping, research, health behaviour change, and health promotion.
Educational aims
The topic aims to provide students with an understanding of the importance of psychology to a range of health-related settings. It also aims to provide opportunities to apply health and developmental psychology theories to inform our understanding of health and illness.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify psychological influences on how people stay healthy, why they become ill and how they respond when ill
  2. Apply health and developmental psychology theories to help understand responses to health and illness
  3. Explain the impact of health crises on psychological development
  4. Identify and explain psychological factors that influence people’s responses to health and illness across the lifespan
  5. Critically evaluate evidence from a range of psychological resources.