Revised Last Updated: 09/23/2008
Faculty: Sharon Katz psychology
Major areas of study include psychology, health and counseling.
Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.
Behavioral Medicine is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the development of sociocultural, psychological, behavioral and biomedical knowledge relevant to health and wellness. Through the study of interactions of behavior with biology and the environment, this emerging field seeks to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities and populations. Questions that will guide our work in this field include: "What is the role of research in making health-care decisions?", How does research inform the practitioner/client relationship?", and "How does the individual practitioner's path of self exploration inform and guide their work with clients?"
We will explore the theoretical foundations of behavioral medicine from a research oriented approach within an integrative healthcare model. Through writing and participation in mind-body practice and expressive arts laboratories, students will focus on their personal experiences and the world around them in order to further understand the application of theory to practice. Using the perspective of loss theory, narrative theory and emphasizing relationship and communication (with self and others), students will examine the human response to health changes and the internal factors and the external societal factors that influence one's health and one's behavior. Students will be supported in developing practices based on the principles of behavioral medicine, in self-exploration and in developing project studies in this field.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in psychology, the health professions and human services.
Planning Units: Society, Politics, Behavior and Change
|September 23rd, 2008||Faculty change and program description change. Removed special expenses|