Psychology in the Healthcare Profession Concentration | Los Angeles Pacific University

Psychology in the Healthcare Profession

Concentration Overview


The Psychology in the Healthcare Profession concentration allows students to specialize in the aspect of the healthcare industry concerned with how people react and cope with illness, as well as how people make decisions around health and wellness. The concentration brings together biology, psychology, and behavior and social factors to determine how they influence patients and providers in healthcare professions.

Psychology in the Healthcare Profession

This 15-unit concentration requires the following coursework:

Coursework

15 Units

APSY

285

Abnormal Psychology

3 Units

A systematic overview of the classification, explanation, and treatment of disorders described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Historical and modern trends in etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment are examined.

APSY

350

Social Psychology

3 Units

A comprehensive overview of social psychology that examines how the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals are influenced by actual, imagined or implied social interactions. Includes pertinent research, ethical principles and cultural aspects of social psychology. Prerequisite: APSY 105 Introduction to Psychology

APSY

425

Crisis Counseling and Intervention

3 Units

An examination of the knowledge, skills, and practices specific to crisis counseling and intervention. Focuses on applying appropriate methods to crisis situations, while considering cultural and ethical issues. Prerequisite: APSY 105 Introduction to Psychology

APSY

435

Gender Issues in Psychology

3 Units

Critically examines research and perspectives on gender and sexual socialization and development, along with physiological and cultural contributions to gender differences, sexual orientation, sexual adjustment and related areas of influence. Prerequisites: APSY 105 Introduction to Psychology, APSY 295 Human Growth and Development, or consent of instructor

APSY

470

Positive Psychology

3 Units

Investigates methods, research, and assessment in Positive Psychology. Incorporates applications and techniques to this strength-based approach both didactically and experientially. Prerequisite: APSY 105 Introduction to Psychology

Total Units

15 Units

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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Potential Careers


Service in a variety of healthcare organizations, including hospitals, clinics, and public health institutions. Work in clinical settings conducting clinical interviews with patients and behavioral assessments. Conduct health psychology research about topics such as exercise motivation, patient compliance motivation, and risk factors for various diseases. Prepares learners for graduate-level studies.

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