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PSY408 : Health Psychology

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

Health psychology is concerned with understanding how biology, behavior and social context influence health and illness. It includes the topics of nervous system, endocrine system, respiratory system, digestive system, excretory system, immune system, stress, psychological and physiological aspects of stress, coping with stress, management of stress, pain perception and its types, different treatment approaches for pain and psychological support. It also includes the medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS and finally the eating disorders, obesity, exercising and benefits of exercising.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and explain the basics of health psychology.
  • Understand the psychological aspect of the illness, its treatment cure and prevention.
  • Demonstrate the importance of stress and its effects on health of a person.
  • Know how to apply selected psychological theories in the field and know the advantages and disadvantages of their application.
  • Analyze practical situations and research results against a theoretical background .
  • Have a basic idea of body physiology and pathologies .
  • Know the ways of healthy living and healthy lifestyles
  • Understand the importance of exercise in promoting the health.

Course Calendar

Introduction To Health Psychology1Handouts1-4
Introduction To Health Psychology2Handouts5-8
Introduction To Health Psychology3Handouts9-12
Introduction To Health Psychology4Handouts13-17
Introduction To Health Psychology5Handouts18-22
Health Related Careers6Handouts23-27
The Function Of Nervous System7Handouts28-34
Quiz 01
The Function Of Nervous System And Endocrine Glands8Handouts35-39
Digestive And Renal Systems9Handouts40-44
Assignment 01
The Respiratory System10Handouts45-48
Blood Composition11Handouts49-52
Soldiers Of The Immune System12Handouts53-56
The Phenomenon Of Stress13Handouts57-60
Factors That Lead To Stressful Appraisals14Handouts61-64
Psychosocial Aspects Of Stress15Handouts65-68
Sources Of Stress16Handouts69-72
Assignment 02
Measuring Stress17Handouts73-77
Psychosocial Factors That Can Modify The Impact Of Stress On Health18Handouts78-82
How Stress Affects Health19Handouts83-86
Coping With Stress20Handouts87-90
Reducing The Potential For Stress21Handouts91-93
Stress Management22Handouts94-98
Mid Term Exams
The phenomenon of pain: Its nature and types23Handouts99-102
The Physiology Of Pain Perception24Handouts103-109
Assessing Pain25Handouts110-114
Dealing With Pain26Handouts115-119
Quiz 02
Adjusting To Chronic Illnesses27Handouts120-124
The Coping Process In Patients Of Chronic Illness28Handouts125-129
Impact Of Different Chronic Conditions29Handouts130-134
Assignment 03
Impact Of Different Chronic Conditions30Handouts135-138
Psychosocial Interventions For People With Chronic Conditions31Handouts140-142
Coping With And Adapting To High-Mortality Illnesses32Handouts143-146
Coping With And Adapting To High-Mortality Illnesses33Handouts147-151
Coping With And Adapting To High-Mortality Illnesses34Handouts151-160
Graded Discussion Board
Coping With And Adapting To High-Mortality Illnesses35Handouts147-160
Psychosocial Interventions For Terminally Ill Patients36Handouts161-164
Health And Behavior37Handouts165-167
Quiz 03
Secondary Prevention38Handouts168-171
The Health Belief Model39Handouts172-175
Nutrition And Health40Handouts176-181
Quiz 04
Weight Control And Diet41Handouts182-186
Diet Myths42Handouts187-190
Exercise And Weight Control43Handouts191-194
Exercise And Weight Control44Handouts194-198
Role of health psychology (back to the basics)45Handouts199-202
Final exams
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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