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Health Inequalities across the Lifespan

Health Inequalities - CPD


  Key facts:

  • 20 masters level credits
  • Distance learning 
  • Standalone module

This course is for you if you are looking to develop your understanding of how individual psychological variables interact with social, cultural, environmental and political variables to affect health and illness.

  • Credit value: 20 masters level credits 

  • Mode of delivery: Distance Learning   

  • Course type: Standalone Module  

  • Number of places available: 10

  • Start date: January

  • Duration: 20 weeks   

  • Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend around 10 hours a week throughout the duration of the course, equivalent to 200 hours of study in total.

  • Entry requirement: Undergraduate study in psychology and/or health related discipline OR equivalent experience and knowledge through professional training and practice in psychology and/or health related discipline.

How to apply 

  • Applications for our next intake will open in autumn 2017
  • Closing date is one month before the course start date

The overall aim of this module is to address the way in which individual psychological variables interact with social, cultural, environmental and political variables to affect health and illness. This module provides a flexible route if you wish to expand your knowledge and skills by studying one or more modules whilst also managing your working commitments. It also offers a taster of studying at this level without committing to a whole course.

The module forms part of the MSc Health Psychology, which was commended by the BPS for its support for students.

This module addresses the ways in which individual psychological variables interact with social, cultural, environmental and political variables to affect health and illness. Issues of gender, age, ethnicity and socio-economic factors in relation to the topics presented are covered in depth. Mediating and moderating factors on cause and outcome of the major areas of morbidity and mortality, and the relationships between them are addressed in detail. 

This course is delivered via distance learning. You will access learning materials for general study, revision and assessment via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more. You will also be able to access a wide range of psychometric scales relevant to health psychologists that are owned by the department and data analysis software such as SPSS.

Students are assigned a tutor and student-tutor contact is usually every month, often by Skype or telephone, in addition to email contact.

Assessment is by coursework, which may take the form of an essay, a report or similar.

Our CPD courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

This module forms part of the MSc Health Psychology which is accredited by the BPS as Stage 1 training in Health Psychology.

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Life and Health Sciences teaching and research. Many members of staff practise / have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

Programme staff in Health Psychology are internationally recognised researchers in their fields and work with a number of NHS clinics and other health related organisations.

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