PSY214 Health Psychology (8)

The subject investigates psychological aspects of health and health care. It examines the influence of stress and certain risk behaviours on health, and people's reactions to illness and medical treatment. The subject also discusses psychological approaches to health care.Students should note that this subject does not contribute to an Australian Psychological Society accredited major in psychology.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY214. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology


PSY101 or PSY111 or ( NRS191 and NRS295 )

Incompatible Subjects

PSY317, PSY412

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to outline and compare major models of health and illness
  • be able to discuss the influence of personality and social factors on health
  • be able to define the concept of stress, and discuss physiological and psychological reactions to stress
  • be able to discuss psychological factors associated with certain risk behaviours, such as substance abuse
  • be able to describe psychological approaches to changing risk behaviours, and outline methods of health promotion
  • be able to describe reactions to illness, disability, pain and medical treatment


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Models of health and illness
  • Personality and social influences on health
  • Stress and coping
  • Health risk behaviours and methods of behaviours change
  • Models of health behaviours and methods of health promotion
  • Use of medical services and medical compliance
  • Pain and pain management
  • Coping with chronic illness, disability and terminal illness


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.