Health psychology deals with the effects of attitudes, emotions, and relationships on health and illness. The primary objective of the course is to familiarize students with the conceptual basis, research methods, and research findings in the field of health psychology. You will achieve an understanding of how psychological factors affect your own health and illness. You will gain an appreciation of how psychological factors can and must be integrated with biomedical approaches to the treatment of illness, and the maintenance and promotion of good health. Topics covered include stress and coping, psychoneuroimmunology, social relationships and illness, religious faith and health, and positive emotions and states like hope, optimism, gratitude, forgiveness and health outcomes.
Course Format: Lecture.
Grading: Based on 3 exams