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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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PSY 225 Health Psychology

Health psychology is a field within Psychology that focuses on the behavioral, cognitive, psychosocial, and physiological factors that influence individual responses to health and illness.  This course will focus on the theoretical, scientific, and applied aspects of the field of health psychology.  Topics to be covered will include health-enhancing and health-compromising behaviors, risk factors for leading causes of death, stress, coping, the interplay among patients, their health-care provider, pain and chronic illness, and specific illnesses.  Stress and life style factors, such as diet, exercise, alcohol, and drugs in health and wellness will also be examined.  We will draw on many related disciplines such as medicine, biology, developmental, social, clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, pharmacology, nutrition, meditation and others.  Thus, this course will have a wide appeal to psychology majors and non-majors alike. Prerequisite: PSY 100 

3 credit hours