Health psychology involves an examination of the way in which biological, psychological, and social factors affect health and illness.
Health psychologists are concerned with studying the relationship between psychological factors (e.g. proneness to hostility), social/psychological factors (e.g., psychological stress) and illness (e.g., heart disease). Areas of practice include health risk behaviours and developing better ways of helping people to change their behaviours. Health psychologists are also involved in helping individuals to improve their health or to cope with chronic illness or unpleasant medical procedures. This is another growing area in psychology and a limited number of courses are available in Ireland and the UK.
In order to become a health psychologist, a primary degree in psychology is required. Following this, postgraduate training in Health Psychology is necessary. It is also possible to complete a research Masters or Ph.D. specifically in an area of health psychology and this can help develop a career in the area. You can enhance your chances of achieving a place on such a programme by gaining research and work experience in health settings.
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