Module code: PSYM006

Module Overview

This module covers psychological factors that influence the patient's passage through the health care system. This module has been designed in accordance with requirements (stage 1) of the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology accreditation criteria. This module addresses the following curriculum areas for a British Psychological Society accredited Health Psychology Masters degree: contexts and perspectives in health psychology, client groups and other stakeholders, health-related behavior and cognitions, interventions, measurement issues and healthcare and professional settings. This module will students to better understand how health psychology theory can help us understand the patient experience of healthcare.

Module provider


Module Leader

OGDEN Jane (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Help seeking behaviour

  • Cost of care

  • Preparation for surgery

  • Adherence to treatment

  • Health inequalities

  • Psychological aspects of medical interventions

  • Doctor-patient communication

  • Placebos

  • Women health issues

  • E-Health interventions

  • Practical Exercise: Presentations (two parallel sessions)


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 2000 WORDS 50

Alternative Assessment

Presentation is delivered to the module convener at an alternative time.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a thorough understanding of key theories and evidence to be able to apply this to patient behaviour in a clinical setting.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Coursework – Essay 2000 words (addresses learning outcomes: 1,2 ) Submission: Week 7

Practical Based Assessment – Practical Exercise, Presentation (addresses learning outcomes: 3) Submission: Week 11

Formative assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during each lecture to students following group discussions, practice presentations or workshops to identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work.


Written feedback is provided by the course convenor on both assignments.

Module aims

  • This module aims to provide an understanding and awareness of the psychological issues that influence a patient's passage through the health care system. This includes help seeking behaviour, screening, communication in health care settings, aspects of women's health care, preparation for surgery, adherence, communication and placebos.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically evaluate how patients' or health care professionals beliefs can influence how health care is delivered KCPT
2 Describe and analyse someone who has recently been in contact with the health care system (e.g., Friend, colleague, family member etc.) about these experiences in the context of theories of health care delivery KCPT
3 Present using power points each patients experience using appropriate health psychology models KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

To provide students with an understanding of the theories and research evidence that help contribute to understanding the role of psychological factors in patients’ access and use of health care services.

To provide students with the ability to apply these theories and research studies to the patient experience of the health care setting. 

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures (1hr x 11)

  • In-class discussion & learning exercises (1hr x 11)

  • Practice presentations throughout

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Social Psychology MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Environmental Psychology MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Health Psychology MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.