PSYC 5093 - Health Psychology, 3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1013 with D or better

Level: Upper

Course Attributes: Liberal Arts and Science

Health Psychology is an inter-disciplinary field concerned with the biological, psychological and sociological factors associated with health and disease. In this course, students will study various health determinants, the impact of socio-economic and cultural influences on health-related behaviors, the physiology of stress and effective ways to manage or reduce its negative consequences and how to evaluate research in health related fields. In addition, students will critically examine global health concerns from a health systems and health policy perspective. Topics will include the global impact of disease, theories of health-related behavior change, stress, coping, communicable and chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV, chronic pain management and the placebo effect. Strategies for individual and community health advocacy will also be discussed.