This course focuses on the relationship and interaction of the mind
and body. That is, how psychological functioning relates to illness
and disease; treatment and outcome; and recovery and cure. In addition,
the student will be introduced to the impact of age, gender, and
ethnicity on the availability of, use of and access to health care.
The relationship of stress and life-style on the immune system,
wellness, and disease will be discussed. The psychological and physical
interaction of some of today's major health issues such as eating,
smoking, drinking, cancer, and heart attacks are presented with
a discussion of treatment and outcome. Lastly, lifetime accommodation
to minor and major chronic illness/disease based on psychological
adjustment is reviewed. Other topics include: response to terminal
illness, adjustment to trauma, and the current industrialization
of health care.