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Medical Health Psychology

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codePSYCH303
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study

Master

Teaching semester

Spring

Objectives and Content

The course objectives are to provide students with knowledge of how psychological processes influence health-related behaviour, traditional psychosomatic conditions, psychosomatic problems and subjective health problems. The course will provide a basis for understanding and understanding of the relationships between psychosomatic illnesses, psychosomatic problems, somatisation and hypochondria.

  • ┬áStudents will learn more about:
  • How psychological processes influence health-related behaviour, traditional psychosomatic conditions, psychosomatic problems and subjective health problems
  • Effects of traumatic stress
  • Epidemiology and the treatment of subjective health problems
  • Connections between psychosomatic illness, psychosomatic problems, somatisation and hypochondria

Content

The course addresses epidemiology and treatment of subjective health complaints, effects of traumatic stress, and connections between psychosomatic illness, psychosomatic problems, somatisation and hypochondria.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn more about:

  • How psychological processes influence health-related behaviour, traditional psychosomatic conditions, psychosomatic problems and subjective health problems
  • Effects of traumatic stress
  • Epidemiology and the treatment of subjective health problems
  • Connections between psychosomatic illness, psychosomatic problems, somatisation and hypochondria

Course Content

Teaching in medical health psychology is intended to provide students with an understanding of selected aspects of biological, psychological and social factors in sickness and health, and an understanding of the relationships between psychosomatic illnesses, psychosomatic problems, somatisation and hypochondria.

Required Previous Knowledge

Due to the limited number of spaces available and special entry requirements, admission to the course is limited.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The course comprises six lectures, unsupervised group work on specific named topics, and home exam. Information about group allocation and topics for group work and the home exam will be given at the start of the course.

Forms of Assessment

Home exam with your group, max 3000 words +/- 10%, 1,5 line spacing, size 12 in Times New Roman.

Grading Scale

A to F

Reading List

Reading list for the upcoming semester is published December 1 for the spring semester and June 1 for the autumn semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with UiB's quality assurance system and the routines for participatory evaluation at the Faculty of Psychology.

Programme Committee

The Faculty of Psychology.

Course Coordinator

The Department of Biological and Medical Psychology.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Psychology.