Diploma Course in Health Psychology

DIPLOMA Course in Health Psychology

Course Title                             :  Diploma in Health Psychology (Dip.H.Psy.)

For whom (target group) :  Health psychology is a branch of applied psychology concerned with understanding biological, psychological, and social factors that are involved in physical health and prevention of illness. Health psychologists study the factors that allow people to be healthy, recover from an illness or cope with a chronic condition. Health psychologists help patients of all ages and with varying psychological or physical health issues respond to and manage the psychological aspects of their illness.

Entry Requirements: University Medical or Nursing Graduates or Members of recognized Professional healthcare bodies, or Holders of a recognized Diploma / HND or Degree in Psychology, Social Work or Counselling, and Age not less than 22 years, and Fluency of the English language is essential.

Course Duration                      :           4.0 Months – part time study

Contact Hours                          :           3 Hrs. per week

Total No. of Classes                :           16 class-contact sessions (16 weeks duration only)

Total No. of Contact Hrs.      :           48 Hrs. of Lectures and discussion time

Class Times                                :           Tuesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm

Course Syllabus Outline:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Health Psychology
  • Lesson 2: Health Beliefs
  • Lesson 3: Illness Cognitions
  • Lesson 4: Eating Behavior
  • Lesson 5: Exercise
  • Lesson 6: Screening & Women’s Health
  • Lesson 7: Stress and Illness
  • Lesson 8: Pain and Pain Management
  • Lesson 9: Placebos and interrelation among beliefs, behavior and health
  • Lesson 10: Measuring Health status: from mortality to quality of life

Mode of Final Examination and Assessment

The award of the IMH Diploma in Health Psychology will be contingent upon passing a 3 hour internally set unseen Essay type final Examination paper to be answered on a closed book examination mode under supervision at the IMH premises.

Regular Group Course Fees : Rs. 47,000/- +  Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Full course fee of Rs. 48,000/- could be paid by in two installments of Rs. 24,000/- by cash, card or cheque)

Distance Learning / On-Line Self-Study Course Fees: USD $150 (for foreign students and other professionals and healthcare workers living out of the Western Province in Sri Lanka will be considered on an individual case-by-case basis).

Next Course Start Date         : Physical Group Class: Tuesday 29th March 2022 –(A maximum of 10 students will be enrolled for the group class due to Covid-19 health guidelines)

Resource Person-1                   : Dr. Kumudini Kodithuwakku, MBBS, M.Sc.(Health and Clinical Psychology), MITBCCT(UK)

Resource Person-2                   : Prof. Sir Romesh Jayasinghe, OLS, Ph.D.(Psy.) Dh.C.(Florida) Grad.Dip.Ed.(UK) FRSM(UK) FRSPH(UK) FACCPH(UK) FTBCCT(UK) Dip.(Clinical Psychology), Dip.Edu.Psyc.(Ireland) Dip.CBT(UK) Dip.(Hypnotherapy) Dip.(Nutrition Science) Cert.(Integrative Mental Health)

Course Accreditation: This course is fully accredited by the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH), UK