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Health_Syllabus_Sp+2011_RU_377_01 - Health Psychology...

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Health Psychology Spring 2011: Updated 2/17/2011 Page 1 of 11 Health Psychology 01:830:377:01 [Index: 48226] Spring 2011: Updated Schedule &Reading List [See Sakai] 2/17/2011 w/ topics drawn from Student Introductory Survey Instructor: Dr. TJ Musumeci-Szabó Office: 633 Tillett Hall, Livingston Campus Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday 10:15 a.m. -12:15 & by appointment Teaching Assistant: Rachel Rubinstein Office: 407 Tillett Hall, Livingston Campus Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Class Location: Scott Hall, Room 123, College Avenue Campus Class Meetings: January 18 th -May 2 nd , Monday and Thursday, 8:10 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Required Text : Sanderson, C.A. (2004). Health Psychology (1st ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. Your textbook is available for purchase with NJ Books. ISBN: 978-0471150749 On reserve at Alexander Library: Available for 2 hour in-library use. Required Feature Films: Patch Adams (1999), Philadelphia (2000) and Super Size Me (2004) These films are wildly available for viewing it will be up to you to decide how you view them. Two options of many, include: On reserve at Mabel Smith Douglass Media Center OR for rental via Amazon.com ($2.99 each) Course Web Page: https://sakai.rutgers.edu All additional required readings will be posted via Sakai. Course Description and Objectives Welcome to health psychology! Health psychology is an exciting interdisciplinary field of study that bridges the worlds of biology, psychology, and sociology. In this class you will have the opportunity to explore it from a variety of perspectives which include those of patients as well as those of practitioners. The goals of this class are to introduce you to the main components of the field: illness perception and prevention, treatment and medical decision making, medical education, intervention, outreach, stress and coping, and to help you gain a basic understanding of health behaviors. By the end of this course you will have developed the necessary skills to be your own advocate in medical encounters, think critically about medical findings, and have a greater awareness of social psychological processes occurring within the medical realm and the effects that these processes have on you as a potential patient. How to succeed in this course: a) Prerequisites : It is required that you take General Psychology (830:101) prior to taking this course. Concepts presented in this course will assume a basic knowledge of psychology and build upon that foundation. If you have taken General Psychology but are still somewhat uncertain as to your level of preparation, consider checking out an introductory psychology text from one of the many Rutgers University libraries to keep on hand as a reference. http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/ b) (When) should I read the text? Start reading now. After the first day, class discussion and lecture will begin with the assumption that you have read the text assigned for the day. Lecture will supplement and NOT replace the text. For best results, read the assigned chapters BEFORE the session for which they are required. Be sure to consult the syllabus for specific page numbers
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