Behavioral Medicine Course Descriptions
- MED 21400
Health, Medicine & Society I: Culture, Health, and Illness / Community Oriented Primary Care
Spring, 2nd year/3 credits
3 lecture hours per week, 7 recitation hours per semester.
Co-requisite: MED 22400
Duration: 15 weeks
Course Director: George Brandon, Ph.D.
This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic tools, concepts and methods for the study of health, illness and community life by focusing on the disciplines of medical anthropology and community oriented primary care. By the end of this course students should be able to:
- recognize, define and apply the basic concepts and methods of medical anthropology and community oriented primary care;
- realize that interaction between health, disease, community life and culture can be studied in a holistic and scientific fashion and that quite a bit is known about them from this perspective;
- acknowledge that the social and cultural differences existing among patients and between medical and social systems are variables that need to be taken into account in the treatment of patients;
- locate and assess medical social science data sources in print and online formats; and
- understand the need to balance an individual approach to patient care with a population approach.
- MED 47802
Behavioral Medicine (Step 7)
Spring, 4th Year/4 credits
20 hours per week (64 hours per semester)
Duration: 3.2 weeks
Course Director: Joao V. Nunes, M.D.
Behavioral Medicine is a principle-driven/learner-centered /small-group-and-case based academic module that promotes acquisition and integration of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that permit students to:
1. Use behavioral science concepts and strategies to integrate patient-centered, disease-based, population-based, and evidence-based medicine into primary care medicine.
2. Communicate effectively and efficiently within the doctor-patient relationship, and with professionals and the public.
3. Promote lifestyle changes in the service of health promotion and disease prevention.
In Behavioral Medicine students learn to recognize, appraise, and contrast normal and abnormal behavior through the study of pathophysiology and psychopathology so as to comfortably negotiate the various aspects of human behavior in health and illness. Students learn that the essence of being human lies in the interrelationships among biology, behavior, cognition, environment, society, and culture, and master the essential aspects of growth and development along the life cycle. Students learn the foundation of medical assessment, which is the evaluation of behavior-manifested as symptoms and signs, their origins and consequences-along a time axis. In Behavioral Medicine students learn the emotional aspects of illness, human coping behavioral patterns, and personality and behavioral styles and their role in health and illness. Through graduated immersion in Behavioral Medicine students hone their interpersonal and communication skills, develop cross-cultural competence, flexibility, and tolerance in medical practice. Students participate in interactive lectures, large and small group learning formats, PBL's, small-group tutored and tutorless seminars, videotape-based sessions, case based small group sessions, and case conferences, review the pertinent literature, integrate new and previously studied relevant material, and participate in experiential projects, all intended for application in clinical medicine.
- MED 59901
Neuro-Psychiatry (Step 9)
Fall, 5th Year/3 credits
16 hours per week (64 hours per semester)
Duration: 5 weeks (includes one week preparation for the National Board of Medical
Examiners - Behavioral Sciences Examination)
Co-Course Directors: Joao V. Nunes, M.D.
Maria Felice Ghilardi, M.D.
Neuro-Psychiatry combines aspects of behavioral science, psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and clinical neuroscience.
The Neuro-Psychiatry module (Step 9) constitutes an integrated learning module administered by the Departments of Behavioral Medicine and Physiology and Pharmacology. Neuropsychiatry integrates important material gleaned from behavioral science, neuroscience, physiology, general pharmacology, psychopharmacology, neuropharmacology, psychopathology, pathophysiology, clinical epidemiology, and aims to guide students in acquiring the basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding prevalent psychiatric and neurological disorders. The disorders will be thoroughly covered with regard to phenomenology, diagnosis, pathophysiology, and therapeutics.
- PA 37400
Culture, Health and Illness
1 credit/15 lecture hours (1 hr/wk)
This course has three broad objectives: 1) To acquaint students with the basic tools, concepts and methods of the social sciences in the study of health, illness and community life, 2) To explore a range of health-related issues such as how cultures adapt to environmental circumstances; how cultural tradition influence the way people feel and express distress, explain their illness, manage misfortune and seek help; and how class, gender and ethnic differences are reflected in patterns of sickness and death, and 3) To introduce the students to the peoples, communities, and contemporary problems of New York.