Jul 13, 2024  
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2023-2024 
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSYC 208 - Health Psychology

3 Credits: (3 lecture)

Course Description
This course provides an introduction to the major topics in the current field of Health Psychology. Emphasis will be placed on the biopsychosocial factors involved in health-enhancing and health-compromising behaviors.

Prerequisite PSYC-201

No text required. 

The student will be able to:

A. Describe the basic premises underlying health psychology as a subdivision of modern psychology.

B. Identify health-promoting and health-compromising behaviors.

C. Examine the recovery, rehabilitation, and psychosocial adjustment of individuals

with health issues.

D. Analyze the rise of the biopsychosocial model in health psychology.

E. Research traditional, complementary, and alternative healthcare services.

A. Health psychology and the biopsychosocial model

B. The systems of the body

C. Health behavior

D. Health-promoting behaviors

E. Health-compromising behaviors

F. Management of chronic and terminal disorders

G. Seeking and using health care services

Student Evaluation
Evaluation will be based upon written reports, assigned projects, and exams.

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