PSYC 2301 T - Introduction to Health Psychology

Using a multidisciplinary approach, this introductory course outlines the reciprocal interactions among physical health and illness, and psychological factors, including emotional well-being, coping and appraisal processes. Precludes additional credit for PSYC 3406. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001 and PSYC 1002.

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to theoretical and applied perspectives in Health Psychology. The primary topics in health psychology will be examined with attention to biopsychosocial model of health. The Biopsychosocial approach within health psychology asserts that health and illness are determined by multiple factors including: culture, environment, socio-economic status, biological factors (including genetics), and individual behaviour. We will use a biopsychosocial lens in order to understand causes of and interventions for various health problems (e.g., obesity, stress, pain, heart disease, cancer). General topics to be discussed are: systems of the body, health promotion, lifestyle risk factors, coping, the Canadian health system, psychosocial adjustment of people with serious health problems, and complementary and alternative medicine

CRN for section T: 34819

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 34820

In-class lecture time & location:
Wednesdays, 6:05pm to 8:55pm, 103 SC

Instructor: Tarun Ahuja

Tarun Ahuja

About the instructor: Neuroscience is my area of expertise as I have a PhD in it, and have spent many years doing experimental and clinical research. My interests in the area of pharmacology and neuropharmacology lead me to continue my research at the National Research Council of Canada leading neurophysiology and pharmacology projects associated with neurodegenerative disorders. Later, I decided to apply my knowledge to review and assess the clinical efficacy and safety of medicines we use as a theme lead at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) in the areas of mental health, neurology and diabetes. It was here that I was introduced to the issues of drug misuse, diversion and dependence. The effects of addiction on sleep further validated much of this as I worked for 10 years with the Sleep Disorders Clinic at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center. Currently, I am a medical research scientist with Eli Lilly Canada and one very important aspect that we consider is safety, dependence and addiction potential of medicines. I am always excited and eager to share all of this current and innovative knowledge to my students, and enjoy working outside of the textbook.

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