PSYC 260 Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare • 5 Cr.


This course explores the determinants of health and illness including social, psychological, environmental, spiritual, and cultural dimensions across the lifespan and within the context of healthcare. Students become familiarized with the social and psychological attributes contributing to individual, familial and community level functioning, and how it shapes health providers' perception and expression. Allows for application of concepts from previous courses in psychology and sociology to the direct care of clients in various healthcare settings. Prerequisites: Completion of NURS 120, NURS 121, NURS 122, NURS 123, NURS 124, NURS 125 OR with permission of the Associate Dean of Nursing.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe key psychological concepts, principles, and overarching themes using the biopsychosocial model in the context of healthcare.
  • Critically identify basic psychosocial explanations to community, family, and individual levels of functioning related to healthcare.
  • Identify and examine aspects of cultural diversity, interpersonal issues, and ethical challenges in healthcare.
  • Describe how self and psychology applies to healthcare workplace settings.
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written forms, using APA style, on psychosocial issues related to healthcare.