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PU5022: HEALTH BEHAVIOUR AND BEHAVIOUR CHANGE (2021-2022)

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Course Overview

Unhealthy and risky behaviours – such as a poor diet, sedentary behaviour, not attending screening programmes, or not taking medication as prescribed – are leading causes of suboptimal health and premature death, health care expenditure, and sickness absence. Health Psychology examines what drives these behaviours and how they can be changed. This course aims to provide students with the core knowledge and skills for developing and implementing effective interventions to promote healthier behaviours.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Chantal Den Daas

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

  • One of MSc Global Health and Management or Master Of Public Health or MSc Health Psychology

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course teaches students about the role of behaviour in determining health outcomes and leads them through the process of designing an intervention to change behaviour.

 

On completion of this course, students will be able to;

 

  1. Identify which behaviours can protect, promote, or damage health, through an informed awareness of their relation with (chronic) illness, health, well-being, and health care expenditure
  2. Critically appraise psychological theories and to use these theories to identify cognitive and behavioural targets for intervention
  3. Design a coherent, theory- and evidence-based behavioural intervention by drawing on appropriate theories and empirical evidence
  4. Translate abstract behaviour change techniques into intervention components considering different modes of delivery
  5. Critically reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of different measurement methods for evaluating behaviour change interventions

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 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 19

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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

Intervention Mapping Assignment

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 80
Assessment Weeks 19 Feedback Weeks 21

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 15 Feedback Weeks 17

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Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualAnalyse4. Translate abstract behaviour change techniques into intervention components considering different modes of delivery
ReflectionAnalyse5. Critically reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of different measurement methods for evaluating behaviour change interventions
FactualCreate3. Design a coherent, theory- and evidence-based behavioural intervention by drawing on appropriate theories and empirical evidence
FactualAnalyse1. Identify which behaviours can protect, promote, or damage health, through an informed awareness of their relation with (chronic) illness, health, well-being, and health care expenditure
ConceptualEvaluate2. Critically appraise psychological theories and to use these theories to identify cognitive and behavioural targets for intervention

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