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 BCLSBMBS-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
1e Admission into BPARA-Bachelor of Paramedic Science
1f Admission into BHSMOT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy
1g Admission into BHSMPT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
1h Admission into BCLSMD-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
1i Admission into BPS-Bachelor of Psychological Science
1j Admission into BEXS-Bachelor of Exercise Science
1k Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
1l Admission into BHN-Bachelor of Human Nutrition
1m Admission into BLITTHL-Bachelor of Letters (Health)
1n Admission into BLITTHLG-Bachelor of Letters (Health) (Graduate Entry)
1o Admission into BHSAG-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Ageing)
1p Admission into BHSDH-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health)
1q Admission into BHSHM-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management)
1r Admission into BHSHP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion)
1s Admission into BHSIN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Innovation)
1t Admission into BHSPN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiology and Neuroscience)
1u Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
1v Admission into BHSTS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies)
1w Admission into BPARANT-Bachelor of Paramedic Science
1x Admission into BEDSEC-Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
1y Admission into BPARAREP-Bachelor of Paramedic Science
2 Admission into ADHS-Associate Degree in Health Sciences
2a Admission into DIPHS-Diploma in Health Sciences
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 1y)) or ((2 or 2a)))
Enrolment not permitted
HLTH2002 has been successfully completed
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
  • 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 you 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

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.