Spring 2025

Health Psychology

Listed in: Psychology, as PSYC-247


Catherine A. Sanderson (Section 01)


The field of health psychology examines how psychosocial factors, including personality, social influences, and culture, influence physical health in a variety of ways. The three central issues that we will focus on in this course are the promotion and maintenance of health (e.g., how psychosocial factors influence health-promoting and health compromising behaviors, such as smoking, alcohol use, obesity, and disordered eating), the experience and development of pain and illness (e.g., how psychosocial factors influence pain, chronic illness, and life-threatening disease), and the treatment of illness (e.g., how psychosocial factors influence health care interactions, screening behavior, and adherence to medical regiments).

Requisite: PSYC 100 or consent of the instructor. Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Sanderson.

How to handle overenrollment: Preferences given based on seniority and to psychology majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Attention to issues of race, health, class and sexuality. Attention to writing and research.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2018, January 2022, Spring 2022, Spring 2025