Brighton, United Kingdom

Health Psychology

when 27 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2420

The aim of this module is for you to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to recognise the role health psychology can play in health. You will explore how broader social factors can affect health and discuss health care in global contexts. You will draw on your own experiences to evaluate the role of health cognitions, behaviours, systems and health-promoting campaigns in different cultures, and demographic populations.

You will consider a range of psychological theories and methodologies used within the discipline. This module covers the history and scope of health psychology, from origin to virtual clinics. You will have the opportunity to contribute to and design interactive activities, recognising the complex roles that psychology plays in human health.

Topics on this module may include:

- How do dispositional factors influence our health (e.g. emotion, mental health, positivity), and exploring the relationship between stress and illness
Health inequalities; analysing in what ways certain demographic populations might be disadvantaged
- How can we explain people’s health behaviours?
- What factors are important for people accessing appropriate healthcare when they need it?

Teaching will be delivered in small groups with more frequent seminars and workshops than lectures. This will provide students with the opportunity to engage in discussion and explore different perspectives of the content covered. You will reflect and analyse the wider processes affecting health, both in terms of own and others experiences. This module will enable you to think critically and build confidence in talking about academic research, theory and methodologies.

Target group

This module will interest students currently undertaking or progressing onto further study in Psychology, Public Health, and Occupational therapy, with a focus on the history and scope of health psychology.

Course aim

- Design a hypothetical study, drawing upon a published study

- Describe potential interactive pathways for psychological states on physiological health using prepared reading

- Reflect upon the wider processes affecting health, both in terms of own and others experiences

- Evaluate the potential impact of an intervention on subsequent health.

Credits info

15 EC
All our modules have been formally approved for 15 Sussex credits; equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3-4 US credits. This means that your study at Sussex over the summer can count towards your degree.

Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before choosing your modules to ensure you are able to transfer any credit you need.

Fee info

GBP 2420: The full cost of one 3-week Undergraduate Summer School session will be £2420. If you wish to study for both sessions then you can do so.

This is made up of:

Tuition fees of £1655 per session include:

- All teaching and assessment for one module of study. Where field trips or course excursions are required then the cost of this is included in the tuition fee, however travel costs may be required
- A minimum of 150 study hours, with a minimum of 40 hours class/teaching contact hours
- Modules formally approved for 15 Sussex credits, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3 – 4 US credits
- A transcript of studies upon successful completion of the module (including meeting all attendance and assessment requirements).

The accommodation and campus programme fee of £765 per session include:

- Your own bedroom in on-campus East Slope student village. These are a mixture of en-suite flats and standard flats with shared facilities
- Bedding pack of duvet and duvet cover, sheet, towel, pillow and pillowcase
- Programme of free campus social events and activities throughout each session. Excursions and social programme trips will be provided on Fridays and weekends.


If you are applying from one of our partner institutions, you will be entitled to a reduction in tuition fees. Please contact your study abroad office or for more information.