PSYC-357 Psychology of Health
Fall for 2017-2018
Health psychology is psychology's contribution to the exciting interdisciplinary field of behavioral and preventive medicine. Health psychology concerns itself with studying the complex relationships occurring among human cognition, emotion, behavior, and health at the individual and population levels. This seminar serves as an introduction to this robust area of psychological science and practice, providing students with a firm grounding in the theoretical background of the field and its relevance to health, health promotion, and the maintenance of health across the lifespan. Examples will be drawn from the major areas of health psychology, including: illness perception and prevention, chronic disease self-management, treatment and medical decision making, health education, behavioral intervention, outreach, and stress and coping. By the end of this course, students will have developed the necessary knowledge and skills to think critically about psychology's contribution to health research, and a greater awareness of the social psychological processes occurring in health maintenance, medicine, and society.
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