MHB499 - Health and Community Psychology

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Subject Title
Health and Community Psychology

Subject Description
In this course students will be introduced to theoretical and applied perspectives in health psychology, the study of the psychological and behavioural processes involved in health, illness, and health care, and critical community psychology, which provides a social justice lens to the practice of counselling and psychology with a particular focus on working with marginalized and excluded groups. Taken together, the course introduces a social justice framework to understanding and developing a praxis for health, ill-health, and health interventions at a community level. Knowledge and skills will focus on marginalized people and groups. The biopsychosocial (BPS) approach within health psychology asserts that health and illness are determined by multiple factors (e.g., culture, environment, and socio-economic status) interacting with biological factors and individual behavior.  Students will use the biopsychosocial model in order to understand causes and interventions for various health issues and develop their knowledge and skills to work as a social change agent in health practice.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain health and illness using a biopsychosocial model
  2. Investigate how stress influences health
  3. Discover the relationship between health promotion and complementary therapeutic interventions
  4. Implement and reflect on a personal health behavioural change
  5. Analyze community systems, groups and organizations from a health perspective
  6. Discuss strategies for change in individual and community systems

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.