Learning Objectives

  • Be able to discuss definitions of what health and illness are
  • Understand the purpose of health psychology and the benefits to society of the work of health psychologists
  • Understand the factors that influence health, such as genetics, individual characteristics, the physical environment and social factors
  • Be aware of the causes and effects of stress, as well as how psychologists are seeking to mitigate the problems associated with it
  • Understand the contribution that health psychology is making to improve health in the areas of obesity, smoking and chronic pain