About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS IN HEALTH AND ILLNESS (410.613.01), a course offered by the Department of Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Reviews studies on the roles of social and psychological factors, such as socioeconomic status, mobility, ethnicity, stress, social support, coping, and illness behavior, in selected health disorders and chronic diseases. Discusses factors in relation to disease etiology, recognition of and response to symptoms, seeking care, the doctor-patient relationship and communication patterns, compliance, the course of disease, and disease outcomes.

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • explain levels of analysis of psychsocial factors
  • delineate prominent theories of behavior change
  • compare measures of psychosocial factors
  • describe and critique quantitative measures of social context
  • analyze the relationship between behavioral factors and chronic and infectious diseases
  • develop behavioral interventions for disease prevention and treatment
  • develop conceptual models of behavior change

Course Time

Mon Wed   1:30 PM to 2:50 PM

Course Faculty
Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Final project, small assignments, and tests

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade