BH 624 - Chronic Conditions: Biopsychosocial Aspects and Interventions
This course will provide students background on the biological, psychological and social factors which interact to determine functional capacity in individuals with chronic health conditions. Content will focus on the Healthy People 2020 priorities of musculoskeletal conditions, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular health, diabetes, developmental and neurological conditions, HIV, mental health, obesity, aging, and substance abuse. Students will learn select medical aspects of those conditions including symptoms, diagnoses, treatments, and prognoses. Emphasis will be placed on the psychosocial factors and issues that influence the ways individuals and families deal with chronic conditions and on culturally appropriate, evidence-based, interdisciplinary interventions that can improve care coordination and disease self-management by the individual and the family. A student who is not enrolled in the MSBH program should obtain permission of the instructor prior to enrolling.