HPSY 301 Health Psychology I (3 credits)

In this course students will be introduced to the field of Health Psychology through an exploration of the physiological basis of energy regulation through diet, exercise, and lifestyle management. Contemporary research on self-regulation and motivated cognition, research from neuropsychology, positive psychology, and emerging trends in biophysical information processing are included in the projects students undertake to map their own self-regulatory health behaviors.

HPSY 302 Social Psychology of Health and Wellness (3 credits)

This course presents an introduction to Social Psychology by exploring theories and research related to social perceptions, social influence, and social relations. Major topics to be covered in the course include, but are not limited to, social influence processes, interpersonal attraction, group behavior, aggression, conformity, and attitude formation and change. Students will further explore these topics by designing and conducting a social psychological research project.

PSYC 210 Experimental Psychology (3 credits)

This course explores methodology and types of experimental processes used in psychological experiments with individuals and groups.  Students become familiar with the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and gain skills in critical thinking and analysis of research outcomes in psychological research.  Students prepare and share reports on research in areas they select from the field of Health Psychology.  LEAD 303:  Research Methods may be substituted for this course.

HP 304 Health Psychology II (3 credits)

In this course students will explore ways in which theories and practices of Health Psychology are applied to organizational and community cultures. Communication patterns, dynamics of power and influence, the allocation of resources and equalization of resource acquisition will be analyzed. Students investigate research from health science fields related to their own career pathways. The projects they undertake evaluate and transform health resources in organizations and communities in which they serve. 

HP 305 Psychopathology (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the history, diagnostic criteria, and treatment methods used to address the major categories of mental and emotional disorders. A vulnerability/resilience model of stress and coping is used to investigate the disorders. Students explore the causes, developmental course, diagnostic differentiation, treatments and research based outcomes of primary disorders. Each disorder is examined from an epidemiological, chemical, and phenomenological perspective.

HP 306 Clinical Methods and Management (3 credits)

This course explores current “best practices” in clinical service within related fields of health science. Students explore quality management criteria, parameters of patient satisfaction, employee management, and community/agency communication patterns that support excellence in patient care. Familiarity with reporting structures for health service facilities within the student’s own state will be included in topics of discussion for this course.

HP 307 Physiological Psychology (3 credits)

In this course students will be introduced to the field of Physiological Psychology through an exploration of the nervous system, somatosensory systems, sleep, thirst, ingestion, and the physiology of learning. Research from neuroscience, behavioral science, and biochemistry are included in research projects students undertake to demonstrate their mastery of course material through case-based investigations.

PSYC 202 Statistics (3 credits)

Course content focuses upon basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, correlation and regression analysis, and various tests of significance using both parametric and nonparametric procedures. LEAD 307: Data Analysis may be substituted for this course.

PSYC 485 Psychology Seminar (3 credits)

This interactive course explores moral and ethical issues commonly faced by psychologists. Students develop personal vocational mission statements, present their portfolios and prepare for job interviews and/or graduate school admissions interviews.

PSYC 350 Systems of Psychology (3 credits)

Models of inquiry are traced from the origins of psychology in western philosophy to its present position among the sciences. Students learn through presentations and interactive assessment techniques. Students are encouraged to develop verbal fluency with concepts and their knowledge of contributors in fields of psychology.


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