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Health Psychology: Course Outline (APSY-3202)

Health psychology focuses on how biological, social and psychological factors influence health and illness. Health psychologists study how patients handle

Course Objective

a) To introduce the students to a new emerging branch of Psychology
b) To introduce students to the basic terminology, avenues of research, and theoretical models in Health Psychology
c) To develop an understanding of the application of principles of Psychology in learning and developing healthy and unhealthy behaviors
d) To develop an understanding of the psychological interventions appropriate for managing health conditions, for disease prevention, promoting health behaviors, and health enhancement
e) To understand Islamic perspective of health, determinants of health, and principals of individual and community health as well guidelines on health promotion.

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Course Contents

          

Historical Background

Definition, development, and scope of health psychology

The modern concept of health and illness

Health Psychology Islamic perspective

Theoretical Models in Health Psychology

a) The Bio psychosocial Model/ Bio-Psychosocial Spiritual Model

b) The Health Belief Model

c) Theory of Planned Behavior/ Reasoned Action

d) Transtheoretical Models/ Theories of behavior change

e) Psychoneuroimmunology model (PNI)

The Psychology of Health and Illness

A brief introduction to:

a) Psychophysiological Disorders

b) The immune system & Stress

Psychological Factors Influencing Physical Health

a) Illness Perceptions

b) Health Beliefs

c) Health Locus of Control

d) Doctor – patient communication

e) Compliance and Medication Adherence

f) Personality type & Health (The Big Five Traits and Health & Illness)

Psychological Interventions in Health Psychology

In order to develop health promoting behaviors and adjustment to Chronic physical conditions

a) Cognitive Behavior Therapy

b) Counseling/Islamic counseling

c) Fasting benefits

d) Hygiene benefits

Stress, Coping, and Health

Models of stress: Seyle, Mason, and Lazarus, Kubler Ross - Model of Grief

Stress and illness (Assessment of stress and identification of stressors)

Stress management

Stress & Coping: Islamic Perspective

Application of Health Psychology with Reference to Specific Physical Ailments and Unhealthy Lifestyles and prevention through Islamic Life style Risk factors, prevention, rehabilitation, and psychological interventions

a) Coronary heart disease (CHD)

b) Cancer

c) Pain

d) AIDS

e) Diabetes Mellitus

f) Obesity and eating disorders: Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa

Grief and Bereavement

a) Acceptance, adjustment and coping with chronic and terminal illnesses.

Research in Health Psychology (Islamic Perspectives

a) Identification of vulnerable populations for developing psychophysiological disorders

b) Identification of causal relationships i.e. Predictors and Outcomes in health and illness.

c) Psychological consequences of physical illnesses

Course outcome

a) Able to describe the concept health psychology and apply principles of Health Psychology in learning and developing healthy and unhealthy behaviors


b) understand the psychological interventions appropriate for managing health conditions, for disease prevention, promoting health behaviors, and health enhancement


c) Able to describe Islamic perspective of health, determinants of health, and principals of health as well as guidelines on health promotion.

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