Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    May 31, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PSY-731 Health Psychology

4 semester credits

This course will provide an overview of the specialty of Clinical Health Psychology.  Students will examine theoretical and research foundations of health and illness from a psychological perspective.  Students will gain an understanding of the specialty of Health Psychology and its role in the application of psychological knowledge and techniques to health, illness, and health care.  Information on the integration of biomedical information about health and illness with current psychological knowledge for various health conditions will be examined by students. Ethical and cultural considerations specific to Health Psychology will be considered.
Pre-requisites: Clinical: PSY-701A , PSY-707  

Media: PSY-540A  
Delivery Method: Distance/Electronically Mediated
Grading Default: Letter
Note: Elective
Learning Outcome(s):  

  1. Understands and appreciates the complex interplay between one’s health and a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors.
  2. Understands how psychological research methods, theories, and principles can be applied to enhance biomedical approaches to for promoting health and treating illness.
  3. Understands how behavioral and cognitive methods can help one cope with stress and promote health behavior.
  4. Aware of the experiences of patients in health care settings, factors that affect adherence to medical regimes, and sources of problems in patient/practitioner relationships.
  5. Understands how psychological methods and principles can be applied to help patients manage and cope with chronic illness.
  6. Able to determine how psychological and medical methods for relieving pain differ and are often combined to enhance treatment effectiveness.
  7. Understands diversity factors in relation to health and illness and the importance of research examining the role of diversity in health outcomes.
  8. Understands ethical implications for the practice of health psychology.

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