ECTS - Clinical Health Psychology

Clinical Health Psychology (PSY515) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Clinical Health Psychology PSY515 3 2 0 4 8
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Social Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Drill and Practice.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Dilek Demirtepe Saygılı
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course is designed to teach the students the concepts and applications of clinical health psychology. The aim is to have a holistic approach for health from a biopsychosocial approach. Psychological ssessment and intervention methods for physical health and illnesses are included.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • • Are able to conceptualize illnesses from the biopsychosocial perspective
  • • Learn the assessment methods with chronic illnesses
  • • Learn the interventions for chronic illnesses
  • • Understand the role of clinical psychologists in medical settings
  • • Learn how to form a therapeutic relationship with patients
Course Content Applications of clinical psychology to health issues, comorbidity, holistic health perspective, health behaviors, and processes of change.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Theoretical Models of Health Psychology and the Model for Integrating Medicine and Psychology Related book chapter
2 Chronic Disease Prevention Related book chapter
3 Obesity Related book chapter
4 Tobacco Cessation Related book chapter
5 Cardiovascular Disease Related book chapter
6 Cancer Related book chapter
7 Diabetes Related book chapter
8 HIV/AIDS Related book chapter
9 Spinal Cord Injury Related book chapter
10 Asthma Related book chapter
11 Chronic Pain Related book chapter
12 Caregiving and working with families Related book chapter
13 Pediatric Psychology Related book chapter
14 Substance Abuse in Medical Settings Related book chapter
15 Review of the topics
16 Final exam period


Course Book 1. Boyer, B. A., & Paharia, M. I. (Eds.). (2008). Comprehensive handbook of clinical health psychology. John Wiley & Sons.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 5 60
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury - -
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 6 100
Percentage of Semester Work
Percentage of Final Work 100
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 Knowledge of theories and empirical data on the professional relationship, such as: Interpersonal relationships, power relationships, boundary issues, therapeutic alliance and more specific knowledge of the fluctuations of the therapeutic/professional relationship as a function of intervention setting. X
2 Knowledge of self, such as motivation, resources, values, personal biases and others; macro (work, national norms) and micro (family, gender differences) environment in which the person functions. X
3 Skills of effective communication, establishment and maintenance of rapport, establishment and maintenance of trust and respect in the professional relationship . X
4 Accepting obligations, being sensitive to others, and conducting the self in an ethical manner while working with other professionals. X
5 Knowledge and skills of assessment and evaluation such as assessment methods, knowledge of populations served in a cultural context, human development and diagnosis along with necessary skills such as collection and processing data, formulation of hypotheses and making a diagnosis when appropriate, report writing and formulation of an action plan. X
6 The learning of an array of varied interventions with individuals and systems such as couples, families, groups and organizations, selecting and applying appropriate intervention methods. X
7 Analyzing the information by utilizing critical reasoning skills, developing a conceptual framework towards solution of a critical problem, and communicating this to the client. X
8 Sufficient skills in the conduct of research to be able to develop and carry out projects in a professional context and, in certain cases, in an academic context. Applications of various research approaches to social systems. X
9 Has knowledge of ethical principles and skills of ethical decision-making process, proactive identification of potential ethical dilemmas and resolution of ethical dilemmas. X
10 Learning to be a receptive supervisee such as open to supervision, well prepared, able to use time efficiently, aware of limits, and ability to link learning approaches to specific evaluation criteria. X

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 1 16
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 5 4 20
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 10 10
Total Workload 126