PY0666 - eHealth

What will I learn on this module?

On this module, you will learn about the ways in which digital resources including webs services, apps and wearable technologies are supporting health and wellbeing from children through to older adults. The focus of the module will be on the application of psychological research and theory to eHealth examining processes such as trust, privacy, disclosure and stigma within the context of both physical and mental health. Through the course of the module, you will explore how individual and social processes shape interaction with eHealth resources, and, you will examine theoretical approaches to health interventions alongside practical applications.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn through a combination of lectures, in-class activities and tutorials, along with independent study.

You will attend a series of two-hour interactive lectures to learn about the main areas in which psychology can be applied to the study of eHealth behaviours. These lectures will provide the basic framework for syllabus topics. The interactive elements will involve discussion of the application of particular topic areas introduced in the taught sessions. The aim of the interactive lectures is to consolidate information learnt through independent reading and to encourage you to apply your knowledge in a problem-based learning situation. You will have the opportunity for group discussion, enabling you to communicate your ideas and findings in a group setting, showing sensitivity to the perspectives of others. Effective oral and visual communication skills will be developed through such activities. Where relevant, experts from other disciplines will provide input into the teaching of the module, through one-hour ‘practical application talks’.

Directed study will be encouraged through the provision of reading lists, which will serve as a basis for further, independent study. This will be further encouraged through the provision of study questions and topics. Independent learning skills and reflection on the role and value of those skills will prepare you for career development learning.

Together, the learning strategies of lectures, workshops, directed and independent study aim to develop conceptual knowledge of the topic area and illustrate the range of paradigms and methods that can be used to investigate it. Tutorials will provide an opportunity for you to discuss issues related to the module with a member of staff.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module tutor will support you by making a variety of resources linked to the taught elements and assessments available on the eLearning Portal (e.g. PowerPoint slides, handouts, reading lists, directed assessment related-activities) along with links to websites to encourage further exploration of the psychology of the internet. A discussion board on the e-learning portal will be available for students to pose and respond to questions among peers and to module tutors. This enhances collegiality and also means that support is available to all students. Technology enabled learning will be implemented through the use of Panopto lecture recording.
Tutorials can provide an opportunity for students to discuss issues related to the module with a member of staff.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MK1: You will be able to demonstrate conceptual knowledge of EHealth by critically discussing relevant theory, recent research and methodological approaches
• MK2: You will understand the application of EHealth to research and practice
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MIP1: You will be able to evaluate the application of specific methodologies to the study of EHealth recognising the relevant ethical frameworks. Such skills are valuable for enhancing employability.
• MIP2 You will develop the skills to take charge of own career development learning, through critical self-evaluation and reflection on the relevance of the module for career enhancement and future learning.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MPV1: By valuing research in relation to the creation of new knowledge and practice in relation to online information and behaviour you will develop the characteristics of a Northumbria Psychology graduate.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative assessments will comprise group activities and discussion in relation to key syllabus topics and the final assessment. These will be evaluated through discussion with the module tutor. MK1, MK2, MIP1, MPV1

Summative Assessment
The main assessment consists of one piece of individual written work (3500 words) worth 90% of the module mark. (MK1, MK2, MIP1, MPV1)

In addition to the above you will be asked to produce a reflection (worth 10% of marks) on how this module fits the psychology pathway and contributes to your career development (10%). (MIP2)

For formative assessments, the module tutor will provide immediate verbal feedback during discussion in group activities.

For the summative report, feedback will be provided on the electronic submission in the form of a level-specific rubric. Additional written comments will be provided that identify a minimum of one strength, one weakness and one area for improvement.

You will be required to arrange a tutorial with your personal guidance tutor for formal feedback on your reflection.





Module abstract

Through lectures and interactive activities, you will examine the development of eHealth research and understand the ways in which it is impacting upon individuals, relationships and more broadly in relation to health promotion and communication. You will investigate how core psychological components can be applied in this context. You will draw on areas such as social identity, trust, privacy, stigma and disclosure and examine a range of physical and mental health issues in relation to eHealth resources. You will also examine the impact of eHealth research across different populations including children and older adults. The module will have two assessments: 1) a written assignment 2) a reflection on how the module allows you to demonstrate how the skills you have gained through the module may be applied to your degree pathway and wider career.

Course info

UCAS Code C800

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full time or 4 years full time with optional study abroad year

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.


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