Home » 2011/2012 GE Model » PSYC2008 / PSYC211 – Wonders in Life Science and Health: Health Psychology
Suggested Year of Study:2 to 4theme-2
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FSS

Department of Psychology



Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to how psychology can help people live longer and stay healthier. It will examine the role of psychological factors in physical well-being and illness. Specifically, focus is put on how psychological aspects and factors contribute to the prevention and treatment of illness, recovery from illness, and the promotion and maintenance of good health. Topics covered include field research methods, health enhancing and compromising behaviors, stress and coping, social support, pain and its management, and the role of psychological and social factors in the etiology and course of chronic and terminal illness in contemporary society. Overall, positive health psychology will be the main focus of the course.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the mind-body relationship and the advantages of a biopsychosocial model over the traditional medical model;
  2. Think critically using skills to analyze and discuss controversial issues in health psychology;
  3. Promote health by being aware of the risk and preventable factors of common health problems;
  4. Apply different health models and theories in explaining and predicting health behavior;
  5. Understand how to make “positive” life choices which will extend one’s life.