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RADT126 Health and Human Behaviour

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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 0.0750
Points 9 points
Teaching period First Semester (3 February 2020 - 12 June 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $624.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,138.83

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RADT 113
Limited to
Teaching staff

Jane Brook

  • Barkway. P. (2014). Psychology for Health Professionals. (2nd Ed.). Sydney: Elsevier. Harms, L. (2010). Understanding Human Development: A multi-dimensional approach. (2nd edition) Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
  • Jones, K. and McCreedy, D. (2012). Health and Human Behaviour: (3rd Edition). Oxford University Press, Melbourne.
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 relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi to New Zealand society and the delivery of health care
  • Discuss decision making in relation to diagnosis, side effects and survivorship of cancer and its treatment(s)
  • Identify research methodologies in health psychology and health sociology

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First Semester (3 February 2020 - 12 June 2020)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system