Psychology of Community Health

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Psychology of Community Health

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Psychology, Public Health

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PS203 and PS205 or PS206

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The course draws on the three sub-disciplines: health psychology (emphasising biopsychosocial causes of health and illness, epidemiology and risk factors; ideas about illness prevention, education, models of health behaviour and health promotion including implications for health care policy development and delivery); community psychology (focusing on ecological perspectives, empowerment and the social environment) and cross-cultural psychology (cultural influences on health beliefs and behaviours). The Psychology of Individual and Community Health as taught in this course emphasises the importance of the psychosocial ecology of people living in communities and the factors that typically influence physical and psychological health and illness. The course also includes important issues like how health behaviours might be changed (community health education), illness prevention strategies, and the application of non-clinical treatment approaches.
    Learning Outcomes
    - To develop an understanding of the inter-relationship between psychological, biological, environmental and socio-cultural factors in the physical and mental health of a community.
    - To develop in students an attitude that values the importance of primary prevention and education when dealing with health and community issues.
    - To encourage breadth of thinking in terms of biopsychosocial model of health and illness and to apply this model to health problems in the Pacific.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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