PSYC 2301 V - 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 V: 21351

CRN for section VOD (optional Video On Demand service): 21352

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Instructor: Jennifer Thake

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