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Psychological Science: Intro to Health Psychology

PSYS 279 OL1 (CRN: 61075)

3 Credit Hours

About PSYS 279 OL1

Psychology of the cause, treatment, and prevention of physical illness and disability. Topics include: stress, health behavior, medical compliance, patient-provider relationships, coping with illness. Prerequisites: PSYS 053, PSYS 170.



Dates: May 22 - June 16, 2023 Prereqs: PSYS 053 and PSYS 170 Asynchronous online

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Section Description

This course is designed to provide you an introduction to the theory and research in the burgeoning field of Health Psychology. We will be learning about the contribution of psychological research to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of a variety of health concerns. The topics covered emphasize the biopsychosocial model and will provide students with an understanding of the intricate interplay of biological, environmental, and behavioral factors in health and illness. Prerequisite This course is designed for intermediate undergraduate students in psychology and related fields who have completed Research Methods (PSYS 53/PSYC 109) and Abnormal Psychology (PSYS 170). There is a fair amount of human biology in this class as you would expect from a 200-level class related to health and wellbeing. The goal at the end of the semester is that you are able to explain the etiology of a disease or disorder and the possible interventions and preventions for each of the health issues discussed in class.


Quizzes- Each week, you have three quizzes to complete. Each quiz will have questions from the lecture notes, and articles/talks assigned for that lecture. Short answer Questions: Each week you will complete a short answer question which will test your understanding of the concepts we have discussed in class and the application of the material.




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