Spring 2023 - PSYC 365 D100
Health Psychology (3)
Class Number: 6013
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Thu, 11:30 a.m.–2:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 15, 2023
Sat, 3:30–6:30 p.m.
Explores applications of psychological principles to health and health care. The development of the field of health psychology is traced and major topics introduced. Topics include health promotion, the hospital experience, communication in medical settings, coping with serious illness, psychoneuroimmunology, and field-specific methodology.
This course explores the application of psychological principles to the field of health and health care within the context of the Canadian health care delivery system. The development of the field of health psychology is traced and major topics introduced. Topics include an introduction to health psychology, stress and coping, health promotion, the hospital experience, communication in medical settings, coping with serious illness, psychoneuroimmunology, pain, physical activity, working in the health professions and field-specific methodology.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
1. To learn the fundamental concepts and theories of health psychology.
2. To apply these concepts and theories to better understand health-related behaviour as it is manifest in daily living
3. To apply these concepts and theories to better understand the provision of health care within the Canadian health care delivery system
4. To better understand how the fundamental concepts and theories of health psychology can be used to improve health and health care.
5. To become more articulate communicators of our ideas.
- (Tentative Evaluation)
- In Class Written Assignment: 5%
- Midterm Exams: 2 x 25%: 50%
- Final Exam: 45%
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the field of health psychology. This will be done through an emphasis on the Canadian health care delivery system. Health psychology is concerned with the contributions of psychology to the promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, and the identification of etiologic and diagnostic concerns. Given that health psychology is primarily an applied discipline, the focus of the course will be on the applications of health psychology in the health field.
Poole, Gary, Matheson, Deborah & Cox, David N. (2022). The Psychology of Health and Health Care: A Canadian Perspective. (6th Canadian edition). Pearson.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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