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RADT126 Health and Human Behaviour

Introduction to psychological and sociological models of thinking about health and illness, with emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening illness. Examines psychosocial impact from cancer, stress/coping, decision-making and survivorship.

Paper title Health and Human Behaviour
Paper code RADT126
Subject Radiation Therapy
EFTS 0.075
Points 9 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (20 February 2023 - 16 June 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $659.70
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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RADT 113
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Teaching staff

Hazel Neser


Barkway. P., and O’Kane, D.(2019). Psychology for Health Professionals. (3rd Ed.). Sydney: Elsevier.

Harms, L. (2020). Understanding Human Development: A multi-dimensional approach. (3rd Ed.) Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

Opai, K. (2021). Tikanga: An introduction to te ao Māori. Aotearoa Books.

Wepa, D. (2015). Cultural Safety in Aotearoa New Zealand.(2nd Ed.)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between health, well-being and human behaviour.
  • Identify social, political, economic and cultural determinants of health.
  • Discuss stress and coping in relation to diagnosis of and treatment(s) for life-threatening illness, with special emphasis on cancer.
  • Discuss risk and protective factors across the life span that affect coping with life-threatening illness.
  • Discuss the relevance of culture to an individual's and group's experience of society, with particular reference to health and illness.
  • Describe the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in achieving health equity in Māori cancer outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Discuss decision making in relation to diagnosis, side effects and survivorship of cancer and its treatment(s)
  • Discuss resilience, both professional and patient resilience factors.
  • Identify research methodologies in health psychology and health sociology.

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Semester 1 (20 February 2023 - 16 June 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system