Behavioral Medicine (2 Credit Hours)
This course explores behavioral aspects of medicine and psychopathology. This is a challenging field in that it requires integration across multiple frames of reference: biological, psychological, and sociocultural and dealing with irrational ideas. Students learn the basics of normal and abnormal patterns of psychological and social development and their effect on the health of individuals. Students learn about signs, symptoms, diagnostic testing, and treatments of mental illness and management plans. The, descriptive psychopathology, etiology, and prognosis of the major child and adult mental disorders are presented. The focus is both on common problems encountered by primary care physicians and on the chronic, severe mental disorders; “schizophrenia”, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism, which affect as much as 20 percent of the population.