• University of Padova

Introduction to Health Psychology

Learn about the importance of psychology in healthcare, how it can improve policymaking and patient outcomes.

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Introduction to Health Psychology

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Discover why psychology in healthcare matters to both caregivers and patients

Psychology plays a vital role in healthcare services. From a patient learning to cope with a medical condition to a doctor delivering significant diagnostic news – the psychological impact and toll of healthcare are often overlooked.

On this free online course from the University of Padova, you’ll get to grips with the essentials of healthcare psychology – what psychology is and how it influences areas from policymaking to illness management.

You’ll learn about how to improve positive psychological behaviour, and how health psychology impacts healthcare in developing countries.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds Oh, hi! Yes, I’m still at the doctor’s office. She isn’t here yet though. Yeah, I’m actually pretty anxious I think she has the result of my exams Oh wait, I’m sorry I need to hang up. She just entered.

Skip to 0 minutes and 30 seconds Hello, Mrs. Smith. Sorry for the delay. So, hold on, where is my white coat? I probably left it somewhere else, but okay. Let’s not waste more time, I also have a meeting in a few minutes, so I have to keep it short… Hold on. Just have to answer this text and I’ll be with you shortly. Okay? So i have your exams and well, as we expected, the situation isn’t so good. Now, please, before you start worrying or getting anxious, allow me to finish. Hold on. Shoots this damn phone. Just a second. Hello? Yes. I’ll call you later I’m at an appointment. Okay. Okay. Alright. Bye.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds Sorry about that So going back to your condition, we have to act quickly and decisively. You must have complete trust and me and everything will work out fine. Now, if you have anymore questions, I probably have a few minutes for you.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 seconds No, no. This is all wrong. You cannot treat a patient like an old washing machine. Stop playing with the phone, listen to what she’s feeling. Also, give more in detail information about the condition and work with her to possible strategies to cope with emotional reactions and to cope with the problem. And besides, you even forgot to tell her what is her problem. So if you think this is the worst clinical consultation you have ever had, well, you’re probably right, and I agree with you. And you’re probably in the right place here, now, because well, this is, this was very bad. Hi, I’m Claudio Gentili And I will be your educator for the course, Introduction to Health Psychology.

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 seconds In this course, we will cover topics like how to do a good clinical consultation and how to break bad news. Exactly, not the way that you have just seen. Also, we are going to learn a lot of other things, because Health psychology is a very wide topic. And we will try to cover how to increase health and how to promote health and to help people to have a healthier life and to avoid risky behaviors. But we also go inside the feelings of a patient who is suffering from somatic illness. And finally, we will also assess the psychological stress in caregivers. Those who are in charge of taking care of sick people.

Skip to 3 minutes and 25 seconds So I hope this short introduction would make you curious and more curious to join us in this trip And I hope you will enjoy it.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is health?
  • Healthy and risky behaviours: how to improve healthy behaviours and how to discourage risky behaviours
  • Symptoms perception and attribution
  • Illness perception; coping with illness
  • Illness burden for patients and caregivers
  • Health psychology in emerging countries

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the broad domain of health psychology, ranging from policymaking to psychological reaction to illness
  • Develop the skills needed in coping with medical illness from a psychological point of view
  • Reflect on how to break negative news to patients
  • Collaborate with others in building effective health interventions
  • Identify the main techniques for stress management in medical illness
  • Explore specific aspects of health psychology including e-health and health psychology in emerging countries

Who is the course for?

This course would be valuable for psychology students looking for an introduction to health psychology, as well as policymakers interested in improving healthcare at the state level. Patients or carers themselves could also find it beneficial to study psychological reactions to physical illness.

Who will you learn with?

Physician, Psychotherapist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Padova. His research focuses on biological bases of psychiatric disorders, evidence-based psychotherapies

Who developed the course?

University of Padova

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background.

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