Health Psychology (PSY419) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Health Psychology PSY419 3 2 0 4 8
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Drill and Practice, Team/Group.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Dilek Demirtepe Saygılı
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course will introduce health psychology, which is concerned with the effects of behavioral, psychological and social factors on health and illness. Students will be provided with an overview of the current issues in health psychology; descriptions and psychosocial interventions of stress, pain and chronic illnesses; and health behaviors (such as smoking and exercising).
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Learn the specialization areas of health psychology
  • Familiarize with the behavioral psychological and social factors associated with health and illness
  • Define, assess and track changes in health behaviors
  • Increase self-awareness of their own health behaviors
  • Learn the theories related to health
Course Content The effects of behavioral, psychological and social factors on health and illness, descriptions and psychosocial interventions of stress, pain and chronic illnesses, and health behaviors such as smoking and exercising

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introducing Health Psychology Assigned Reading: Chapter 1
2 Conducting Health Research Assigned Reading: Chapter 1
3 Seeking Health Care Assigned Reading: Chapter 3
4 Adhering to Medical Advice Assigned Reading: Chapter 4
5 Defining, Measuring and Managing Stress Assigned Reading: Chapter 5
6 Understanding Stress and Disease Assigned Reading: Chapter 6
7 Understanding and Managing Pain Assigned Reading: Chapter 7
8 Considering Alternative Approaches Assigned Reading: Chapter 8
9 Behavioral Factors in Cardiovascular Disease Assigned Reading: Chapter 9
10 Behavioral Factors in Cancer Assigned Reading: Chapter 10
11 Living with Chronic Illness Assigned Reading: Chapter 11
12 Smoking Tobacco, Using Alcohol and Other Drugs Assigned Reading: Chapter 12, Chapter 13
13 Eating and Weight, Exercising Assigned Reading: Chapter 14,15
14 Project Presentations
15 Review of the topics
16 Final exam period


Course Book 1. Brannon, L. & Feist, J. (2009). Health Psychology: An Introduction to Behavior and Health (7th Ed.). Wadsworth.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project 1 25
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 35
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Has the necessary current information to meet individual, family and community health needs in an individual and holistic approach in the direction of the nursing process.
2 Has knowledgeable and capable of evaluating the validity, validity and reliability of scientific knowledge.
3 Has the skills to perform nursing care using theoretical, evidence-based and practical knowledge to maintain, develop and treat illnesses.
4 Demonstrates nursing care in the direction of scientific research, evidence, developing technology and current health policies.
5 Respects human rights and dignity in nursing education, practices, research and management.
6 Carries out nursing practices in accordance with legislation, professional values, standards and ethical principle.
7 Uses critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills in the nursing care process.
8 Continues self management activities as an individual and a team member within the scope of its managerial role.
9 Takes part in researches, projects and events in the association with the health team and the other disciplines with a sense of social responsibility
10 Uses English in a way that can comprehend literature, communicate effectively in written and verbal manner.
11 Leads to innovation and changing with adopting the philosophy of lifelong learning for personal and professional development.
12 Become a model to professional colleagues and communities by acting in accordance with professional ethics principles and values.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Application 16 2 32
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 2 32
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Project 1 42 42
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 16 16
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 30 30
Total Workload 200