• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Mark Stevens
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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This course will provide a broad introduction to Health Psychology, as well as an in-depth look at some of the key topics in the discipline. Key aims of the course will be to explore (a) the factors that influence our health, (b) the challenges to people’s health posed by their lifestyles and behaviours (e.g., low physical activity levels, smoking), (c) dominant and emerging theoretical models of health behaviour, and (d) how interventions can be used to help change people’s health-related behaviours. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on critically evaluating current understandings, theories, and approaches.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the key issues and topics in, and scope of, health psychology.
  2. Have an in-depth and integrated understanding of the key determinants of health.
  3. Understand and critically evaluate evidence pertaining to the incidence, importance, and consequences of key health-related lifestyle behaviours (e.g., physical activity, smoking, and alcohol consumption).
  4. Describe and critically appraise dominant and emerging theoretical models of health behaviour, and the factors that are proposed to underpin positive and negative changes in people’s health-related behaviours.
  5. Critically evaluate health behaviour change interventions and the methods used to assess health behaviours.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-semester exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Essay (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture each week and 6 x 2 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.
  • Approximately 94 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures, laboratories, and assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PSYC2009.

Prescribed Texts

Journal articles and other readings will be prescribed during the course, but there is no prescribed textbook for the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4560
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7476 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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