PSYC 205 Introduction to Health Psychology

This course will embrace a biopsychosocial approach to the issue of health and illness. The issue of illness and disease has traditionally been considered primarily from a medical or biological standpoint; however, Introduction to Health Psychology seeks to perceive health and illness from a more holistic standpoint, where human behavior and prevention is favored over disease and treatment. Specific topics will include concepts in conducting and understanding health research, reasons for non-adherence to medical advice, high mortality disorders, pain perception, eating disorders, and stress and coping.