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410.613.01 PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS

Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
Description:

Reviews studies on the roles of social and psychological factors, such as socioeconomic status, mobility, ethnicity, stress, social support, coping, and illness behavior, in selected health disorders and chronic diseases. Discusses factors in relation to disease etiology, recognition of and response to symptoms, seeking care, the doctor-patient relationship and communication patterns, compliance, the course of disease, and disease outcomes.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
explain levels of analysis of psychsocial factors
delineate prominent theories of behavior change
compare measures of psychosocial factors
describe and critique quantitative measures of social context
analyze the relationship between behavioral factors and chronic and infectious diseases
develop behavioral interventions for disease prevention and treatment
develop conceptual models of behavior change

Methods of Assessment: Final project, small assignments, and tests
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail