PSYC-335   Health Psychology

This course considers the psychosocial and physiological processes that underlie wellness. The role of stress in cardiovascular disease, cancer, drug addiction, sleep disorders and eating disorders is considered. The centrality of immune and cardiovascular system functioning in health and illness is emphasized. Attention is given to the effectiveness of a wide variety of coping strategies including pain control, physical exercise, and religious practice. Across topics, the course will emphasize current treatment procedures and research issues in the field. Laboratory experiences will permit students the opportunity to learn and practice skills associated with the health psychology profession and research. Prerequisites: Psychology 151 and one from Biology 115, 205, 206, 230, 323 or 331, or permission of the instructor. Recommended: junior or senior status.