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Medical Psychology


General Medicine, 3rd year Medical Students

Institute of Behavioral Sciences



2nd Semester

 General information:

Medical Psychology course contains both lectures and seminars. The lectures are held in the first seven weeks (Friday, 8.00-9.30 am) at the NET-Z lecture hall (Address: 4, Nagyvárad tér,   Budapest) and the seminars will be held in the venues indicated on the course information sheet.

Course description:

The course is designed to give a broad overview of the field of medical psychology, including concepts, theory, and research.

 Learning objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the complex interplay between one’s physical well-being and a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors.
  • Learn the nature of the stress response and its impact in the etiology and course of many health problems.
  • Understand the approach of bio-psycho-social model and become familiar with some frequent psychosomatic diseases.
  • Be able to identify various psychological disorders and key personality traits related to health / disease.

Course syllabus:



Week 1. 08/February. Introduction to Human Behaviour Dr. Péter Ujma
Week 2. 15/February. Major Schools of Psychology Dr János Kollár
Week 3. 22/February Stress and illness; behavioral interventions Dr.Adrienn Stauder
Week 4. 01/March Conscious states, sleep, dreaming and general anesthesia Dr. Róbert Bódizs
Week 5. 08/March Stigmatization and people living with disabilities Dr János Kollár
Week 6. 15/March National Holiday (no lecture)
Week 7. 22/March Affects, Emotion and Motivation Dr. Nóra Fóris



Please note there are no seminars:

  • 13-14th (TDK conference)
  • 15th March (National holiday)
  • 15th—19th April (Spring Break)
  • 22nd April (Easter)
  • 1st May (International holiday)

Seminar topic schedule:

Week 1. SEMINAR Developmental psychology, attachment theories
Week 2. SEMINAR Personality theories
Week 3. SEMINAR Human sexuality and sexual disorders, psychology of reproduction, psychology of birth
Week 4. SEMINAR Depression and mood disorders.
Week 5. SEMINAR Anxiety and medical illnesses.
Week 6. SEMINAR Eating disorders.
Week 7. SEMINAR Psychosomatic disorders – case studies; somatization and dissociative disorders
Week 8. SEMINAR Personality disorders.
Week 9. SEMINAR Sleep disorders
Week 10. SEMINAR Addiction, substance use
Spring Break
Week 11. SEMINAR Suicide, cry for help, crisis intervention
Week 12. SEMINAR Psychology of death, grief, and dying
Week 13. SEMINAR Behaviour change and psychotherapy. Stress management in medical practice.
Week 14. SEMINAR Mental health of medical doctors. Prevention and management of burn-out. Bálint-groups.


Seminar times and venues:


Day Time, Seminar room Group no. Seminar teacher
Monday 11:50-13:50 NET Sz-03. 16,17 Tamás Szalai
Tuesday 14:55- 16:55 NET Sz-03. 9 Milán Leindler
Wednesday 09:40-11:40 NET Sz-06. 14 Milán Leindler
Wednesday 13:20-15:20 NET Sz-10. 7,13 Péter Ujma
Wednesday 13:30-15:30 NET Sz-07. 5,6 Mónika Tóth
Wednesday 13:35-15:35 NET Sz-05 1,2 Nóra Fóris
Wednesday 15:25-17:25 NET Sz-04 10, 11 Péter Ujma
Wednesday 15:40-17:40 NET Sz-07. 3,4 Judit Pap
Thursday 8:00-10:00 NET Sz-05. 8 Tamás Szalai
Thursday 10:10- 12:10 NET Sz-03. 15 János Kollár
Thursday 12:50-14:50 EOK Sz-02. 18 Nóra Fóris
Thursday 15:00–17:00 EOK Sz-04. 12 Milán Leindler


Participation and making up for absences:

Students are expected to attend regularly the course and participation list will be recorded at the end of every lecture and every seminar. To participate on at least 75% of the total number of lessons is a prerequisite for getting the signature needed to absolve the course. The maximum number of absences permitted: one absence from the lectures and three absences from the seminars. Content of the lectures may appear in the exams.


Written final examination taken in the examination period. Grades will be based on student’s performances at the final written exam.


Required textbook:

Behavior & Medicine, 4th Edition, Danny Wedding, Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle, 2006.


Recommended text books:

Kopp M. – Skrabski Á.: Behavioural Sciences Applied in a Changing Society, Corvina, 1996.

Fadem B: Behavioural Science., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,  5th ed., 2008.

Sarafino E.P.: Health Psychology. Biopsychosocial interactions. 6 th ed., New York, Wiley, 2008.


Additional readings:

The powerpoint slides and prezi presentations used for the lectures and seminars and also some related papers will be assigned for reading during the course, and they will be made available on the course website.


Course Coordinator: Dr. János Kollár

NET 19th floor, room 1919


Further information:


Seminar Teachers:


Nóra Fóris         

János Kollár      

Milán Leindler  

Judit Pap           

Tamás Szalai     

Mónika Tóth     

Péter Ujma