PSY6091 Health Psychology

Health Psychology, one of the specialty areas in psychology, is both a theoretical and an applied area. This course aims to introduce students to some of the major theoretical and empirical work in health psychology. This course examines theories and frameworks that are used in examinations of health at the individual, interpersonal, and community levels. Specifically, this course will focus on the biological, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of health and illness. The application of that knowledge on health promotion strategies (e.g., improving diet-related behavior and attitudes, initiating and maintaining exercise programs), and disease prevention skills and behaviors (e.g., coronary heart disease, cancer, and smoking related problems) will be discussed. Recent approaches to the field of health psychology, including community health psychology and public health psychology will also be explored.