Health Psychology

Health is experienced within a broad biopsychosocial context. Physical states affect mental states and mental states can and do influence the course of both health and illness. This course investigates the relationship that exists between physical and mental health. Emphasis is placed on the role that physiological, psychological and social factors play in both health promotion and a person’s vulnerability to illness. We will examine stress and stress management techniques, the role of diversity in health-related behavior and the cascading factors that ultimately enhance or diminish health.