Health psychology

Study level: Graduate study programme in psychology
Language: Croatian
Semester: 2nd (summer)
Status: elective
Form of instruction with class hours: 30 hours of lectures, 30 hours of practical classes. Practical classes will be organized in different hospitals departments.
Prerequisites: none
Student evaluation: Written exam

Course description

Definition of health psychology. Biopsychosocial perspective on health and illness. Attitudes and beliefs about health. Psychological reactions to illness. Health psychology in pediatric, dermatology, cardiology, oncology, endocrinology and neurosurgery setting. Health psychology and prevention activities (lifestyles changes and reducing risk factors).

Course objectives

Students will acquire basic knowledge in health psychology. They will learn how health psychologist can assist patients. Students will be able to contribute to organization of health promotion programs.

Required readings

Ayers S., Baum A., McManus C., Newman S., Wallston K., Weinman J., West R. (Ur.) (2007.) Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine (2nd Edition). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.

Recommended readings
Ogden J. (2004). Health Psychology: A Textbook. Berkshire: OpenUniversity Press, McGraw-Hill Education.
Sarafino EP.(2002). Health Psychology: Biopsychosocial Interactions.  New York: Wiley&Sons.