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Certificate of Health Psychology


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

The field of health psychology explores the promotion of health and the prevention of disease and illness and also examines how people react, cope and recover from illness. So, if you have a passion for health and wellness with a special interest in understanding how human behaviour influences health outcomes, health psychology is perfect for you.

 The Certificate of Health Psychology is an online professional development course that will explore the psychological dimensions of health, the causes and detection of illness, prevention and treatment of illness and health promotion.

In this health psychology course you will acquire an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the growing area of health psychology, including both the biomedical and bio-psychosocial models of health and wellbeing.

On completion of this course you will have a thorough understand of how psychology influences health outcomes and how you can apply this knowledge to a variety of health-related careers.

Course Structure

Unit: Health Psychology

  • Health and wellness
  • Physical well-being
  • Intellectual well-being
  • Emotional well-being
  • Social well-being
  • Spiritual well-being
  • Environmental
  • Occupational/vocational
  • Physiology, disease processes and the mind
  • Introducing health psychology
  • Behavioural medicine
  • History of health psychology
  • Biomedical models
  • Biopsychosocial perspective
  • Lifespan perspective
  • Health related careers
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine system
  • Digestive and renal systems
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Immune systems
  • Genetic processes
  • Stress and stressors
  • Psychosocial factors and stress
  • Coping with stress
  • Stress management
  • Physiology of pain and pain perception
  • Assessing pain
  • Dealing with pain
  • Chronic illness
  • Coping processes
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • High mortality illnesses
  • Health and behaviour
  • Prevention
  • Health beliefs
  • Health promotion
  • Nutrition and health
  • Weight control and diet
  • Exercise and weight control
  • Role of health psychology


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Payment Information

Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




Professional Development For:-

  • Health Professionals
  • Includes 12 months access
  • Full up-front payment only