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.


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

Assumed Knowledge

PSY101 or PSY111

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 identify 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 critically evaluate psychological factors associated with certain risk behaviours, such as substance abuse;
  • be able to evaluate psychological approaches to changing risk behaviours, and outline methods of health promotion; and
  • be able to analyse 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 behaviour 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY214 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Workbook - part b
Workbook - part a
Workbook - part c
Workbook - part d

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.