Undergraduate Teaching


Programme: MBChB
Module: Becoming a Professional (DME1CPEM0)

This module is an integrated, multidisciplinary module, the purpose of which is to provide students with basic knowledge and skills required for being an adult learner in an institute of higher education. It focuses on the holistic development of the student and aims to develop their biological, social, spiritual and mental abilities in order to attain a level of maturity required for survival at university. In addition, it provides the student with the core foundational knowledge and integrates the principles of community, family, public and environmental health. The module demonstrates the relevance of these disciplines to the planning and delivery of appropriate, relevant and cost-effective healthcare in South Africa. Furthermore, it provides the basic and foundation knowledge related to the understanding of the theories of human development and behavior, in the context of communication, professionalism, ethics and lifestyles and equips the student with the appropriate skills and attitudes essential for the practice of medicine.

Content Topics Covered

• Psychological Factors: Mental Health I
• Psychological Factors: Stress and Health I
• Psychological Factors: Leisure and Relaxation
• Psychological Factors: Relaxation Techniques
• Social Factors: Spirituality
• Behavioral Change
• Social Factors: Sociocultural Determinants of Health
• Cultural Psychology and Social Practices
• What is Psychology and Why Study Psychology in Medicine?
• Social Psychology
• Schools of Psychology
• Developmental Psychology
• Developmental Issues from the Life-cycle
• Psychopathology
• Emotion and Motivation
• Cognition, Language and Intelligence
• Learning and Memory
• Sensation and Perception
• The Communication Process
• Basic Communication Skills
• Illness Narratives

Programme: Various Health Science Disciplines
Module: Health and Illness Behavior (BHME222 W2)

This module provides fundamental health behavior information that equips a multidisciplinary student population for further development and practice within their chosen career paths. This module also lays down important foundational concepts for future study and patient interaction and management and prepares students to engage with patients in terms of counseling services during their clinical practice. The module covers the following: the bio-psychosocial model of abnormal behavior and illness; understanding social and cultural influences on health; models of health behavior and health promotion; issues of adherence; and fundamentals of clinical communication. The module also covers the psychology of loss/injury, disability and rehabilitation as well as the psychology of use/addiction to illegal substances (including informational counseling/psycho-education).

Content Topics Covered:

• Health and Illness: A Bio psychosocial perspective
• Health and Illness: A global perspective
• Epidemiology of mental illness and distress
• Psychosocial and cultural determinants of health, illness and disability
• Psycho-social aspects of chronic illness
• Basic Counseling skills
• Communication in healthcare practice
• Healthcare users: Agenda, beliefs and intentions
• Models of health behavior and health promotion models
• Adjustment to health and healthcare issues
• Treatment adherence
• Stress, Well-being and Health
• Substance use
• Psychology of loss and rehabilitation

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