United Kingdom, Brighton

Health Psychology

when 22 June 2019 - 17 July 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2000

The module covers the history and scope of health psychology from the subject’s origin through to the use of health promoting campaigns (e.g., smoking), mindfulness, online self-diagnostics, and virtual clinics.
A range of theories and methodologies used within the discipline are considered, with specific topics being stress, the role of personality traits, mindfulness, coping with acute and chronic illness, and models for changing health-related thoughts and behaviours. Throughout, the module considers how broader social factors, such as social economic status and social support, can impact health.

Both individual therapeutic interventions and wider health promotion campaigns are reviewed. The module aims to equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills to recognise the role that health psychology can play for individuals and societies wellbeing.

The importance of experiential learning and reflection is recognised, with critical thinking skills enhanced through a variety of learning opportunities from group work and debates to individual presentations. Lectures, seminars and e-learning are included to accommodate and encourage a range of learning preferences and styles.

Course leader

David Smalley

Target group

The University of Sussex International Summer School welcomes applicants from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Although most of you will be currently enrolled at a university or college, we also welcome applicants who have been away from education for some years, as well as highly committed senior high school students - for some courses a good general education, an open mind and lots of enthusiasm are the main qualifications. For some other courses you will see that prerequisites are listed - applicants for these courses are expected to submit transcripts to demonstrate that they have taken, or are currently taking, the necessary precursors.

Course aim

The International Summer School provides an opportunity to meet and study with people from different countries and cultures, on a cosmopolitan campus. The large range of courses on offer allows you to get ahead with credit in core courses, or simply to experiment with something new.

Credits info

15 EC
Summer School courses carry 15 credits and last for four weeks. Since the standard annual load for a Sussex student is 120 credits, this means that each course is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 7.5 ECTS credits. Students can take only one course per session, as the courses are intensive. You can expect to spend 30 to 45 hours each week on your course between attending classes, labs and workshops, as well as time spent outside class preparing the readings and assignments. You can find information about the courses offered by the International Summer School through our course directory or courses by subject pages of our website.

Fee info

GBP 2000: Tuition (one four week session).
GBP 4000: Tuition only (both four week ISS sessions).


The University of Sussex offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the ISS in the form of partial fee waivers to students from developing countries who have high potential for future leadership in their field of study or career.