Unit planning: Health

This section of the site has two purposes.  First, it is here that you will find curriculum related material - particularly, the unit planners and advice on how to address the ATL planners on Managebac if your school is using that program.

For the different components of the curriculum you will find lesson plans, with links to activities on the site that you may find helpful for students to develop understanding of key concepts as well as critical thinking skills.

The options are divided into three topics.  According to the curriculum guide, in each session (May and November) exams will ask one question from each topic of the option.  It is up to you whether you teach one, two or all three topics.

Topic 1.  Determinants of health

Unit plan: Determinants of health

Below you will find a unit planner for the "determinants of health" module of the health psychology option.This unit begins by examining the biopsychosocial model of health and wellness. We then explore...

Topic 2. Health problems

Unit plan: Health problems

Below you will find a unit planner for the "health problems" module of the health psychology option.The guide states that the following health problems may be studied to prepare for the exam: Stress,...

HLP 2.1 Introducing stress

The following lesson plan is an introduction to stress as a "health problem." The goal of this lesson is to help students define the health problem and begin to think about the nature of stress - is...

HLP 2.2 Physiology of stress

This lesson focuses on biological aspects of stress - both its cause and the effects that the stress response has on our health. There is a lot of research in this lesson. Students should be able to...

HLP: 2.3 Cognitive aspects of stress

This lesson focuses on the cognitive aspects of stress. Specifically, the lesson focuses on optimism as a perspective or schema that may affect how we interpret and cope with stressors.The psychological...

HLP 2.4 Social aspects of stress

There are several sociocultural factors that a play a role in stress. As we have already seen in the Marmot study, social hierarchies and one's sense of control /self-efficacy may play a key role in...

Topic 3. Promoting health

Unit plan: Health promotion

Below you will find a unit planner for the "health promotion" module of the health psychology option.This part of the option will look at two health promotion programs and evaluate their effectiveness....

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