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 SSC 226 - Medical and Health Psychology


The main goal of this course is to introduce the student to the basic concepts, issues and me­thods in the field of Medical and Health Psychology, which is concerned with the role of psy­chological and social factors and treatment methods in health and illness and the place of psy­chological experts and expertise in medical settings. This course will address six subject ar­eas:

  1. Attitudes, behavior and lifestyle factors affecting health and disease;
  2. Stress and the related personality factors and social processes associated with disease development and pro­gression;
  3. Social and psychological factors involved in the illness experience;
  4. Long-term social and psychological implications of chronic illness (e.g., heart disease, cancer);
  5. Relevance of psychological interventions in medical settings;
  6. Psychological methods and programs for the prevention of diseases and the protection of health.
Th​e students should also come away from this course with a better appreciation of his/her own health as well as the health of others, and of the understanding of the importance of examining issues related to health and disease from a bio-psycho-social perspective.  


Dr. Elizabeth Wiese




The following course is required in order to take this course: 

  • SSC 121 Introduction to Psychology

Required for

This course is required in order to take the following course:

  • ​SSC 322 Development Psychology
  • SSC 323 Psychotherapy and Behavior Changes​