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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
College Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PSYC 380 - Community Psychology and Public Health


This course will examine the inter-related fields of community psychology, public health psychology, and critical health psychology.  These disciplines share a commitment to the promotion of well-being within a social and cultural context.  We will explore theory, research, and praxis related to ecological analysis, empowerment models, prevention and health promotion, risk and resilience, community organizing and activism, and systems assessment.  These conceptual tools will help us understand the complex processes underlying clinical psychopathology (e.g., serious and persistent mental illness; perinatal mood disorders), behavioral health (e.g., smoking; obesity; substance abuse), and symptoms of structural violence (e.g., domestic violence; homelessness).  Throughout the course, we will focus on the unique contributions of psychological scholarship to understanding and improving population health.  All students will participate in a civic engagement experience of at least two hours a week to foster fuller understanding of the course concepts. Student led component. UP3 course. Offered every few years.  Prerequisite(s):   and   (or MATH 153  or  ) OR two CGH-related courses drawn from Categories A and/or B. (4 Credits)