PSYC 262 Health Psychology (Not offered 1998-99)

In this course, students are introduced to the fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine and asked to critically examine issues related to the impact of mind on health. Among the topics considered are: 1) psychological variables, such as stress, depression, and personality, and their relationships to diseases, including acute infection, coronary heart disease, auto immunity, cancer, and AIDS; 2) psychological factors and behaviors that promote or compromise health; 3) the utility of psychological interventions in restoring or maintaining health; 4) the impact of the medical setting and the physician-patient relationship on effectiveness of medical care; and 5) the role of the immune system in mediating the relationship between mind and health. Requirements: midterm, final exam, and short paper. Prerequisite: Psychology 101.