PS 353 - Health Psychology and Communication Skills

This course provides a general introduction to the theoretical basis and practical approach to issues of psychology of health and health behavior change. It therefore follows two different paths to explain and explore human health issues in order to identify effective methods to enhance the general and individual quality of life.

On the one hand, main concepts of Health Psychology will be introduced and connected to the question of how healthy or unhealthy Austrians in European and in international comparison live and which specific health issues can be promoted by public health policies. The symptoms and interventions concerning specific health behaviors and illness experiences will build the core of the course.

On the other hand, students will be given an overview on communication models and counseling guidelines before undertaking a short practical training in communication skills to learn how to explore, counsel and intervene effectively by respecting and improving patients’ health resources.

The course will include several excursions which will be announced as soon as possible.

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Students should have taken at least one introductory course in psychology.

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