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Medical Psychology


Semmelweis University, Faculty of General Medicine

Name of the Institute teaching the subject: Institute of Behavioral Sciences 

Name of the subject: Medical Psychology

Credits:  3   

Total number of hours: 49      lectures: 7  practices: 0      seminars: 14

Type of the course (mandatory/elective):  Mandatory

Academic year: 2021/2022
Code of the course1: AOKMAG735_2A
Course director (tutor): Dr. Tamás Szalai

Contact details:

Position: assistant professor

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: Medical Communication, Medical Sociology.
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. 3/February Major Schools of Psychology Dr. János Kollár
Week 2. 10/February Introduction to Human Behavior Dr. Péter Ujma
Week 3. 17/February Stigmatization and People Living with Disabilities Dr. János Kollár
Week 4. 24/February Depression and Suicide – The Role of Online Intervention Dr. György Purebl
Week 5. 3/March Stress and illness; Behavioral Interventions Dr. Adrienne Stauder
Week 6. 10/March Conscious States, Sleep, Dreaming and General Anesthesia Dr. Róbert Bódizs
Week 7. 17/March Human Attachment – Mental Health and Doctor-Patient Relationship Dr. Tamás Szalai

Date and place: Thursday, 13:30 – 15:00, NET, Green Lecture Hall



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.


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.
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, i.e. printed, electronic and online notes, textbooks, tutorials (URL for online material):
Behavior & Medicine, 4th Edition, Danny Wedding, Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, Seattle, 2006.
Recommended textbooks:
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:
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.



Time Group Place Teacher
Monday 8:00 – 10:00 17 EOK Sem 06 Zsófia Hídvégi
Monday 10:05 – 12:05 11 NET Sem 09 Kinga Babonits-Farkas
Monday 10:05 – 12:05 8 NET Sem 08 Tamás Szalai
Monday 10:10 – 12:10 14 EOK Sem 01 Zsófia Hídvégi
Monday 14:15 – 16:15 7 EOK Sem 06 Kinga Babonits-Farkas
Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00 3 EOK Sem 07 Zsófia Hídvégi
Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00 1 EOK Sem 01 Tamás Szalai
Werdnesday 9:40 – 11:40 16 NET Sem 05 László Lajtai
Wednesday 9:40 – 11:40 18 NET Sem 07 János Kollár
Wednesday 11:50 – 13:50 13 NET Sem 07 János Kollár
Wednesday 13:15 – 15:15 2 EOK Sem 07 Péter Ujma
Wednesday 15:30 – 17:30 15 EOK Sem 07 Péter Ujma
Wednesday 15:40 – 17:40 10 EOK Sem 06 Mónika Sándor
Friday 8:00 – 10:00 4 NET Sem 09 Roland Kasek
Friday 8:00 – 10:00 6 EOK Sem 0 Milán Leindler
Friday 8:00 – 10:00 9 EOK Sem 06 Éva Pollák
Friday 10:10 – 12:10 5 NET Sem 09 László Lajtai
Friday 10:10 – 12:10 12 EOK Sem 06 Éva Pollák
Friday 10:10 – 12:10 19 EOK Sem 0 Milán Leindler

NET Building: Budapest, Nagyvárad tér, 1089
EOK: Budapest, Tűzoltó u. 37-43, 1094


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László Lajtai <>
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Roland Kasek <>
Tamás Szalai <>
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