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Term One 

HP 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.

HP 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.

OL 303 Introduction to Research Methodology (3 credits)

This course covers the basic scientific methods used in empirical research and the various approaches to this type of research. Topics addressed in this course include research hypotheses, defining variables, survey construction, sampling, data collection, and statistical techniques. Students will write a research proposal that will lay the foundation for their Applied Research Project.

HP 303 Professional Communication and Compliance (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the dimensions and levels of professional communication that are typical in healthcare organizations and institutions.  Understanding issues of compliance within federal law regarding the Health Information Act, the utilization of private information in electronic medical records, and the parameters for disclosing personal information in professional letters will be reviewed in the latter sessions of the course.

Term Two

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. 

OL 307 Introduction to Data Analysis (3 credits)

In this course students explore how data analysis is applied to the research of behavior. Basic methods of summarizing, analyzing, and presenting research data are explained. Statistical concepts such as probability, correlation, analysis of variance, distribution, and hypothesis testing are explored. Students will gain experience with using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

OL 306 World View: Faith and Vocation (3 credits)

Students gain understanding of the integration of the Christian world view in contemporary life and work.    

OL 401 Applied Research Project, Part I (1 credit)

Students describe the purpose, setting, history, scope, and importance of their applied research topics.

OL 402 Applied Research Project, Part II (2 credits)

Students will write a review of the literature using primary sources of information in the social sciences. 

Term Three

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.

OL 311 Values and Ethical Decision-Making (3 credits)

Students discuss ethical theory and social and personal values as they relate to contemporary life Principles of ethical decision-making from an orthodox Christian perspective will also be addressed.

OL 403 Independent Study: Applied Research Project, Part III (2 credits)

Students finalize their applied research project and report their research results, draw conclusions, and make recommendations based on their findings. 

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