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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin
Appalachian State University
  Feb 23, 2018
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

PSY 5583 - Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine (3)

When Offered: Fall
This course offers a broad overview of health psychology and behavioral medicine to clinical health psychology graduate students or graduate students in an allied health field. This course represents a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to integrating evidence-based psychological services to treat medical patients in integrative health care settings (behavioral medicine) as well as interventions to individuals or communities to prevent the development or progression of medical diseases (health psychology). Students will gain an overview of psychologists’ roles in the U.S. health care system and how to modify behavior in clinical or public health settings to prevent/treat the leading causes of morbidity/mortality for U.S. citizens (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, etc.). This course will entail didactic learning through seminar-style discussion of select readings, clinical skills training necessary for psychologists in integrative health care settings, and intensive research of a health psychology topic embedded within a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model via individual/small group study.