PSYC 260:  Health Psychology –

Fall - 08


  Shawn Talbot


269.965.3931  Ext 2220

Office Hours:

Arranged.  I will respond to student e-mail within three working days or sooner.

Course Prerequisites:  

 PSYC 201 – Introduction to Psychology


Required:   Friedman, H. S. (2002). Health Psychology, 2nd Ed.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson/ Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-895244-2.



Online Course Features and Requirements

Number of tests:     4         of which   0 must be proctored.    

Required on campus sessions:   0

Special labs or practicum:  0

Number of assignments:  7

Estimated time per week:  3 – 5 hrs.

Group interaction required:  On-line discussion threads.

Scheduled activities or self paced:  Slef-paced


Students must have access to the following:

  • Equipment:  You will need a computer that is able to access and interact with the Web. For best results, a Pentium or PowerMac with a 56 Kbps or faster modem and 256 MB or more of RAM should be considered the minimal system.
  • Software:  You will need one of the following Internet browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher; Firefox; Mac users may use Safari or Firefox.
  • Internet connection: Home users need Internet access through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) that offers a reliable connection to the Internet.

Other requirements: 

Course Site: (If hosted by KCC)

Curriculum Statement:

This course will prepare you for 


 Health Psychology is concerned with how psychosocial factors relate to the promotion and maintenance of health and with the causation, prevention, and treatment of illness. A biopsychosocial model will be applied. The role of stress as it relates to illness and health-promoting lifestyles will be discussed.


Analyze the impact of lifestyle choices on physical and/or mental wellness.

Analyze the influences that impact physical and/or mental wellness.

Analyze the behaviors of a community, its leadership, and the individuals that influence individual and community wellness.

Distinguish between data that are relevant and data that are irrelevant to a particular question.

Write clearly, accurately and effectively in a variety of contexts and formats.

Read and comprehend at the college level (grade 13/14).

Demonstrate computer literacy in the retrieval, processing, and delivery of information.

Identify the relationships between physical and mental health.

Analyze, evaluate, draw conclusions and make decisions based on quantitative and qualitative data.

Determine the degree of validity of inferences drawn from specific evidence.


 See syllabus.  7 assignments based on an 800 point scale.

Grading Scale

A                      94 – 100%

A -                   91 – 93%

B+                   88 – 90%

B                      84 – 87%

B –                   81 – 83%

C +                  78 – 80%

C                     74 – 77%

C –                  71 – 73%

D+                   68 – 70%

D                     64 – 67%

D-                    61 – 63%

F                      0 – 60%



Academic Policies 


"I" Grades: 

Students will receive a grade of “I” when illness, unavoidable absence, or extenuating circumstances (acceptable to the instructor) prevent completion of course requirements.  Upon completion of the remaining course requirements, the “I” grade will be lifted and the earned grade recorded.  To receive the grade of “I” the student must have completed 70% of the requirements.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor for the completion of the remaining courses.




All work submitted in each course must be the student’s own.  This includes all assignments, exams, papers, and other projects required by the instructor.  The submission of another person’s work represented as that of the student’s without properly citing the source of the work will be considered plagiarism and will result in an unsatisfactory grade for assignment, and may result in academic dismissal. To avoid plagiarism, do not “copy and paste” into any assignments without using quotations marks and citing in APA format the source of the material.  Your work may be submitted to for originality confirmation.


Information contained in this syllabus was, to the best knowledge of the instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed for use.  However, this syllabus should not be considered a contract between Kellogg Community College and any student, nor between the instructor and any student.  The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Kellogg Community College, to make changes in course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation.

Make-up Policy


Computer Access at KCC

It is assumed that students enrolled in this course have at their disposal appropriate equipment and software to complete the course work and communicate with other students.  If there are problems with your equipment and/or software, it is possible to come the KCC's Campus and use the open computer lab in the Learning Resource Center.  See KCC's web site for campus maps and lab times. 

Online Submitting Materials

Students will be expected to use e-mail attachments for this class to submit materials. 

ADA Statement

Kellogg Community College does not discriminate in the admission or treatment of students on the basis of disability.  KCC is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.