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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course examines how the behaviour of health professionals can impact on patient care and service delivery, and trains students in key professional practice skills such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing and health coaching.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Julia Allan
  • Dr Gertraud Stadler

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • MSc Health Psychology

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Topics covered by the course include:

·         Patient-professional communication/interaction

·         Designing interventions to change health professional behaviour

·         Non-technical skills

·         Professional practice skills (such as Health Coaching, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, etc)

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 28, 32 - 34
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 29 - 31

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Structured placement report (50%); Placement presentation (10%); practical skills demonstration (30%, divided between motivational interviewing (5%), CBT (5%) and health coaching (20%)); Professional competency assessment (10%).


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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