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Elements Of Health Psychology And Behavioral Health

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This course is an overview of the field of health psychology and the origins of the biopsychosocial model from a historical perspective, including the biological, psychological, and social contexts of the science. It provides students with information about the biological foundations of health and illness, as well as current research in health psychology. The dangers of "unscientific" applications and the importance of using critical thinking and evidence-based research when formulating strategies are described.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Health Psychology Research Methods

    • Describe the objectives and methods of epidemiological research.
    • Explain the differences between descriptive, experimental, epidemiological, and meta-analytic studies.
    • Apply epidemiological methods in analyzing a specific case study of diversity and health.

    Historical Views of Health and Illness

    • Analyze the evolution of the biomedical model from psychoanalytic theory to psychosomatic medicine.
    • Describe the changes in views of health and illness from ancient times to the early 20th century.
    • Describe the early development of behavioral medicine and its relationship to health psychology.

    The Biopsychosocial Model in Behavioral Health

    • Assess the biopsychosocial model and the efficacy of applying this model to behavioral health.
    • Define and compare the biological, psychological, and social contexts of the model.
    • Describe the sociocultural and gender perspectives of the model.

    Evidenced-based Research and Critical Thinking

    • Examine the process of critical thinking.
    • Explain the implications of unscientific thinking.
    • Explain the methods used to evaluate scientific evidence.
    • Evaluate the importance of critical thinking and the evidence-based approach.

    Effects of Ethnicity, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status

    • Analyze the interaction of race, gender, and socioeconomic class among diverse populations.
    • Describe the unique status and vulnerabilities faced by members of diverse populations.
    • Evaluate health disparities related to ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.

    Biological Foundations of Behavioral Health

    • Demonstrate ability to scientifically analyze a case study in behavioral health.
    • Analyze the effect of biology on healthy living and the effect of healthy lifestyle choices on biology.
    • Describe the functions of the body’s various biological systems.
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