syllabus 190 s06 spring 2010

syllabus 190 s06 spring 2010 - San Jos State University...

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Capstone: Health Psychology, Psych 190, Spring 2010 Page 1 of 9 San José State University Psychology Department Psyc 190, Health Psychology, Section 6, Spring 2010 Instructor: Jennifer Gregg, Ph.D. Office Location: DMH 317 Telephone: (408) 924-5621 Email: jennifer.gregg@sjsu.edu Office Hours: Thursdays 8:00am – 10:30am and by appointment Class Days/Time: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 – 2:45pm Classroom: DMH 355 Course Description This course is a capstone course in psychology, and is designed to provide you with a context for integrating the learning you have obtained in the course of obtaining a Bachelors degree in psychology. This course is designed to provide you with an integrative survey of current viewpoints and issues in Health Psychology and to explore the biopsychosocial factors associated with health, wellness, and disease processes. We will discuss how these viewpoints came about historically, methods for understanding disease from a broader perspective, as well as interventions designed to prevent or reduce problems associated with chronic and terminal medical conditions. We will also discuss the role of psychosocial factors such as stress, behavioral changes, and coping in the development and maintenance of disease processes, and how psychology will likely impact these areas in the future. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives There are 3 primary goals associated with this course: 1) to develop an understanding of the role of psychosocial influences in the development, maintenance, and treatment of physical illness; 2) learn how the principles of a biopsychosocial approach apply to specific medical problems; and 3) tie these principles to the existing knowledge of psychology you have amassed over the course of your degree, in a manner that demonstrates your ability to think critically
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Capstone: Health Psychology, Psych 190, Spring 2010 Page 2 of 9 Course Content Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Have a basic understanding of the major theories of health promotion from a biopsychosocial framework 2. Become familiar with current interventions designed to target changes in health promotion 3. to be familiar with the major medical problems approached from a biopsychosocial framework 4. to develop an understanding of the real-world challenges faced by individuals with a given medical or psychological problem. Required Texts/Readings The required text for this course is Taylor, S. E. (2005). Health psychology (7th Ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill. Course Website All of the material shown on the overheads in lectures will be available on the course website after class. To get to the site, go to http://psych.sjsu.edu/~jgregg and click on the link for this course. These materials are not meant to be a substitute for coming to class, and many times they will not be available until after the material is discussed in class. In that this a senior course, my expectation is that you will be very engaged in the material as it is being discussed
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