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410.613.01 PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS

Department:
Health Behavior and Society
Term:
3rd term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:

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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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. explain levels of analysis of psychsocial factors
  2. delineate prominent theories of behavior change
  3. compare measures of psychosocial factors
  4. describe and critique quantitative measures of social context
  5. analyze the relationship between behavioral factors and chronic and infectious diseases
  6. develop behavioral interventions for disease prevention and treatment
  7. develop conceptual models of behavior change
Methods of Assessment:

Final project, small assignments, and tests

Instructor Consent:

No consent required