COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Health Psychology
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PSY 408
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
5
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This is mainly a course on fundamental concepts of health psychology. It is aimed to introduce topics of health psychology research and methodology applied in health psychology research. Reviewing established theory and recent research, comprehensive health perceptions and beliefs, and behaviors including smoking, alcoholism and health screening, and health issues related with sex will be discussed. Also, adjustment to chronic illnesses and terminal illnesses, patient-provider relations, the effects and management of stress and pain will be discussed. Finally, illnesses will be discussed in terms of stigma, health related quality of life and depression. For each class, students are also responsible for assigned related articles.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will able to define the psychophysiological basis of health and illness.
  • Will able to explain health professionals-patients communation and problems in this area.
  • Will able to define, evidence-based psychological interventions that emphasize the role of stress on health.
  • Will able to explain affects of pain on psychological well being, different pain theories and pain management methods.
  • Will know current ethical standards and legal responsibilities of health psychologists, including those pertaining to psychological practice and research.
  • Will able to explain the effects of interaction with medical professionals in practice and its effects on adherence.
  • Will able to explain why we engage in problematic health behaviours such as smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol to excess, eating poorly, what we can do to change those behaviours, and what the health costs are if we do not change our poor health behaviors.
  • Will able to explain ways for adjustment to chronic illness.
  • Will able to define stigma, different stigma types and what kind of illnesses are more prone to stigmatization.
  • Will able to explain coping with terminal illness and related teories with this issue.
  • Will be able to explain concept of life quality in accordance with health and will be able to interpret this concept in accordance with different kinds of illnesses.
Course Content The aim of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of health psychology which includes illness, adaptation to illness, health related quality of life, health behaviors and basic research methods that widely applied in health psychology.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 An introduction to health psychology
2 Body Systems Taylor.”Health Psychology”: The Sytems of Body. McGraw Hill: 2009.
3 Illness Cognitions Ogden.”Health Psychology”.: Illness Cognitions. Open University Press: 2007
4 Health professional–patient communication and the role of health beliefs Ogden.”Health Psychology”.: Health professional–patient communication and the role of health beliefs. Open University Press: 2007
5 Midterm
6 Specific HealthRelated Behaviors Taylor. .”Health Psychology”.: Specific HealthRelated Behaviors. McGraw Hill: 2009.
7 Health Compromising Behaviors: Alcoholism & Smoking Taylor. .”Health Psychology”.: Health Compromising Behaviors: Alcoholism & Smoking. McGraw Hill: 2009.
8 Stress and illness Taylor. .”Health Psychology”.: Health Compromising Behaviors: Stress and illness. McGraw Hill: 2009.
9 Pain Ogden.”Health Psychology”.: Pain. Open University Press: 2007
10 PatientProvider Relations Taylor. .”Health Psychology”.: PatientProvider Relations. McGraw Hill: 2009.
11 Management of Chronic Illness Taylor. .”Health Psychology”.: Management of Chronic Illness. McGraw Hill: 2009.
12 Psychological Issues in Advancing and Terminal Issues Taylor. .”Health Psychology”.: Psychological Issues in Advancing and Terminal Issues. McGraw Hill: 2009.
13 Measuring health status: from mortality rates to quality of life and stigma Ogden.”Health Psychology”.: Measuring health status: from mortality rates to quality of life and stigma. Open University Press: 2007
14 Stigma and stigma in cronic diseases Lecture notes
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Textbooks Aforementioned bookchapters and power point slides
References Additional reading articles that change every year

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
5
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
35
Final / Oral Exam
1
45
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
3
70
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
30
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
10
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
15
Final / Oral Exam
1
25
    Total
130

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods X
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information. X
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels. X
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge X
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data X
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes X
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations X
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills X
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches. X
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems X
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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