PSYC 101: Psychosocial Issues in Healthcare I

Class Program
Degree Code
Social Science
Credits 1 Lecture Hours 11
This is the first in a series of five courses exploring concepts fundamental to psychosocial healthcare management. Examines some determinants of health and illness across the lifespan, including social, psychosocial, environmental, spiritual and cultural dimensions.


Admission into the Level IADN Nursing Program or instructor permission.


NUR 110 or instructor permission.
Quarters Offered
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. Describe the meaning of health and illness.
  2. Evaluate health disparities among racial and ethnic groups.
  3. Discuss aspects of the client-health care worker professional therapeutic relationship.
  4. Identify components, barriers, and principles of interpersonal therapeutic communication.
  5. Define cultural, ethnic, and spiritual characteristics and their influence on the client-health care professional therapeutic relationship.
Institutional Outcomes
IO1 Communication: Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively.
Course Content Outline
  1. Concepts of health: wellness and illness
  2. Introduction to the client-health care professional relationship
  3. Therapeutic Communication and Barriers to therapeutic communication
  4. Cultural & Spiritual Awareness
  5. Culturally Responsive care
Department Guidelines

PO4 should be assessed: Students will be able to recognize or articulate personal/interpersonal aspects of, or connections between, diverse cultural, social, or political contexts.

PO5 should be assessed: Students will be able to solve problems by gathering, interpreting, combining and/or applying information from multiple sources.