Behavioral Science Course
This course on behavioral science has two purposes: to introduce you to psychosocial aspects of medical practice and to offer you an overview of clinical psychiatry.
Psychiatry has as its allied disciplines sociology and psychology. Behavioral science includes behavioral biology, including biochemical, physiological and pharmacological correlates of behavior; individual behavior including emotions, life cycle, motivation, personality and its psychopathology; and interpersonal and social behavior.
Most lecturers are clinicians. It is, therefore, to be expected that the material covered in this course will be clinically relevant. In view of the limited time available, not every topic can be covered.
Although some lecturers distribute lecture notes, others may not. You are welcome to take notes in classes.
We would, however, urge you to read the following textbooks:
- Synopsis of Psychiatry, 10th Edition, Kaplan H. & Sadock B. (2007) for Unit V.
- Human Behavior: An Introduction for Medical Students, Stoudemire, Alan. 3rd Edition, 1997, Lippincott
To prepare for exams:
- Study Guide and Self-Exam Review for CP/IV (6th Ed.), Kaplan H. & Sadock B. (1998).
This brings us to the question of examination: We shall follow the USMLE format and offer you a multiple choice test at mid-term and at the end of the course. Please note that the final examination will be comprehensive and will include all the topics covered.
We hope you will enjoy learning behavioral sciences as much as we enjoy teaching it.
- To understand human behavior in health and disease.
- To understand psychosocial aspects of disease.
- To prepare you for Psychiatry Clerkship.
The course will focus on the behavioral, social, ethical, environmental and economic aspects required for the practice of medicine in the twenty-first century.