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This course explores the application of psychological theory and
research to enhancing our understanding of health and illness. It
also explores psychological issues in implementing interventions
to promote healthy behaviours and to relieving suffering and illness.
Topics covered include the relationship between stress and illness,
the role of health beliefs, coping styles, and social factors in
influencing health behaviours and physiology, social-culture factors
in illness, and psychosocial factors in cardiovascular disease,
cancer, AIDS, and pain. The emphasis is on a bio-psychosocial model
of health and illness.