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Medical Psychology



Name of the subject:

Behavioral sciences II. (Medical Psychology)

Credits: 3

Total number of hours: 63 lectures: 7 practices: 0 seminars: 14 Type of the course (mandatory/elective): Mandatory

Academic year: 2019/2020

Code of the course: AOKMAG398_2A

Course director (tutor): Dr. Janos Kollar

Contact details:

Position: associate professor

Date of habilitation and reference number: –

Aim of the subject and its place in the curriculum: The course is designed to give a broad overview of the field of medical psychology, including concepts, theory, and research.

Location of the course (lecture hall, practice room, etc.): Lecture hall, practice rooms.

Competencies gained upon the successful completion of the subject:

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

Prerequisite(s) for admission to the subject: None.

Minimum and maximum number of students registering for the course: None. Student selection method in case of oversubscription: Every student is accepted. How to register for the course: By Neptun.

Detailed thematic of the course:


Week 1. Introduction to Human Behavior Dr. Péter Ujma
Week 2. Major Schools of Psychology Dr. János Kollár
Week 3. Stigmatization and people living with disabilities Dr. János Kollár
Week 4. Stress and illness; behavioral interventions Dr. Adrienn Stauder
Week 5. Conscious states, sleep, dreaming and general anesthesia Dr. Róbert Bódizs
Week 6. Eating Disorders Dr. Tamás Szalai
Week 7. Depression and Suicide – The Role of Online Intervention Dr. Mónika Ditta Tóth


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

Teachers of practices:

Edith Danghel –

Kinga Babonits-Farkas:

Gabriella Kopajer –

Laszlo Lajtai –

Milan Leindler –

Michaela Nistor –

Tamas Domotor Szalai –

Monika Ditta Toth –

Peter Ujma –

Potential overlap(s) with other subjects: Medical Communication, Psychotherapy.

Special training activities required: None.

Policy regarding the attendance and making up absences: Students are expected to attend regularly the course and participation list will be recorded at the end of every seminar. Participating on at least 75% of the total number of seminars is a prerequisite for getting the signature needed to absolve the course. The maximum number of absences permitted: three absences from the seminars.

Means of assessing the students’ progress during the semester:

Students are requested to prepare presentations based on the topics of the seminars.

Requirement for acknowledging the semester (signature):

Active participation on at least 75% of the total number of seminars is a prerequisite for getting

the signature needed to absolve the course.

Type of the examination:  Written

Rules of the written exam

Exam requirements:

Theoretical exam based on the topics of the lectures and seminars.

Type and method of grading:

The sole source of grading is the achievement reached on the written exam.

How to register for the exam: By Neptun.

Opportunities to retake the exam:

According to the examination rules of Semmelweis University.

Literature, textbooks:

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

Recommended textbooks:

Kopp M. – Skrabski A.: 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:

Powerpoint slides and prezi presentations used for the lectures and seminars and also some related papers will be assigned for reading during the course. They will be made available on the website of the course.


Day Time Group Place Teacher
Monday 12:00 – 14:00 14. Avicenna 1. Gabriella Kőpájer
Monday 11:50 – 13:50 16.-17. Sz-03 Milán Leindler
Tuesday 12:00 – 14:00 9. Avicenna 1. Tamás Szalai
Wednesday 9:40 – 11:40 8. Sz-03 János Kollár
Wednesday 13:20 – 15:20 7. Sz-10 Péter Ujma
Wednesday 13:20 – 15:20 13. AONYE-F-1.101 Michaela Nistor
Wednesday 14:15 – 16:15 5.-6. Sz-03 Mónika Tóth
Wednesday 13:35 – 15:35 1.-2. Avicenna 3. László Lajtai
Wednesday 15:55 – 17:55 10.-11. Sz-04 Péter Ujma
Thursday 13:15 – 15:15 3.-4. Avicenna 3. Kinga Babonits-Farkas
Thursday 10:00 – 12:00 15. Avicenna 4. Edith Danghel
Thursday 10:00 – 12:00 18. Avicenna 4. Edith Danghel
Thursday 14:40 – 16:40 12. Tűz. szem. 4. Michaela Nistor