PSYC 328 Health Psychology

This course provides a survey of major issues in the developing field of health psychology; Historical perspective, health effects of stress, pain mechanisms and management, prevention and management of chronic diseases, hypertension, coronary heart disease, cancer, and immunological disorders, behaviour change strategies for smoking, overeating, physical inactivity, and sexual risk behaviours. The course is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in the role of psychological factors in health and disease. The course is particularly relevant for students with interests in clinical psychology, nursing, medicine, or careers in other health related professions.