Health Psychology

Term: Fall 2008

Subject Code: GPSY

Course Number: 6308

This course provides an overview of the rapidly growing field of health psychology. We examine current research to understand how biological, psychological, and social factors influence health outcomes, with a particular focus on chronic and life-threatening illness (e.g., cancer, AIDS, diabetes, hypertension, and chronic pain conditions). We explore the role of psychologists and psychological research in prevention, early detection, and adaptation to illness, and students learn specific psychological and behavioral interventions relevant for clinical work with individuals facing health concerns. Consideration is given to gender and cultural factors that influence health behaviors, access and utilization of health-related resources, and health outcomes.


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