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PSY 223 Health Psychology (3 credits)

Behavioral medicine is the broad field of scientific investigation, education, and practice which concerns itself with health, illness, and physiological dysfunction. Health psychology is a more discipline-specific term used to refer to psychology’s primary role as a science and profession within behavioral medicine. Although psychology has always been concerned with issues of mental illness and health, only recently has the focus changed to include involvement in all aspects of illness and health. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the new and rapidly developing health psychology specialty.