Health Psychology

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Health Psychology examines psychological influences on health, well-being and longevity.  This course evaluates the interplay between emotions, cognitions and behavioral factors that affect the onset, duration, recovery and prevention of chronic illness and disease over the life span.  Topics will include depression and illness, traumatic injuries, neuromuscular diseases, cancer and chronic pain.  Psychological treatment involving wellness behaviors, smoking cessation, substance abuse, proper nutrition and exercise are studied from the biopsychosocial model.  Students will be encouraged to apply all course learning through a critical, biblical worldview.