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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Felicity Allen


The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the field of health psychology by developing an understanding of the different models of health and illness and the theoretical underpinnings of the area. A large scale view of health and the society wide influences that can affect individual health will be provided. The application of the main theoretical models in the Australian context will be explored.


On successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. be able to trace the historical development of health psychology;
  2. understand the key concepts, models and theories in health psychology:
  3. appreciate the contribution that these theories can make to psychological practice in an Australian rural setting.


Journal article (2000 words): 40%
Examination (3 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Felicity Allen

Off-campus attendance requirements

Five-day on-campus workshop

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: