Behavioural Science 5 (Medical Psychology)


Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2023-2024

Course director

Number of hours/semester

lectures: 14 hours

practices: 14 hours

seminars: 0 hours

total of: 28 hours

Subject data

  • Code of subject: OAP-MT5-T
  • 2 kredit
  • General Medicine
  • Pre-clinical modul
  • autumn

OAA-SZO-T completed , OAP-NEP-T parallel

Exam course:


Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 160


The course is an introduction to the psychological aspects of medicine, care, and doctor-patient relationship. Understanding the role of personality, the impact of communication and relationship will provide a more effective therapy and care in medical practice. Main issues: subject of medical psychology, its place in the sciences and medicine. Theories on personality and personality development, concept of mental health. Stress, anxiety, adjustment. Communication and its disorders in the doctor-patient relationship; empathy, interview. Psychology of doctor-patient relationship. Reactions to illness. Coping, risk factors, psychosomatics. Medical psychology in clinical disciplines. Death and dying, grief reactions. Health of the healers, prevention of burn out.


  • 1. Introduction to medical psychology. Its place in the sciences and in the medicine - Dr. Birkás Béla
  • 2. Critical stages of personality development regarding health and illness - Dr. Birkás Béla
  • 3. Health protective and risk factors of personality. - Dr. Birkás Béla
  • 4. Learning - Dr. Tiringer István
  • 5. Doctor-patient communication - Hartung István
  • 6. Models of doctor-patient relationship - Dr. Tiringer István
  • 7. Stress, stress management, coping - Dr. Tiringer István
  • 8. Pain and pain management - Dr. Gács Boróka
  • 9. Psychoimmunology, psychooncology - Dr. Tiringer István
  • 10. Psychosocial factors in cardiovascular diseases - Dr. Tiringer István
  • 11. Case study approach in the medicine - Dr. Kállai János
  • 12. Death, dying, grief - Hartung István
  • 13. Health of the healers. Prevention of burn out - Dr. Gács Boróka
  • 14. Overview, summary - Dr. Birkás Béla


  • 1. Motivation, emotions and health
  • 2. Motivation, emotions and health
  • 3. Stress and health
  • 4. Stress and health
  • 5. Symptom perception
  • 6. Symptom perception
  • 7. Doctor-patient communication, first encounter, history taking.
  • 8. Doctor-patient communication, first encounter, history taking.
  • 9. Chronic illness, breaking bad news
  • 10. Chronic illness, breaking bad news
  • 11. Health behaviour. Models of behavioral change
  • 12. Health behaviour. Models of behavioral change
  • 13. Adherence
  • 14. Adherence


Reading material

Obligatory literature

Csabai, M., Molnar, P.: Health, Illness and Care. A Textbook of Medical Psychology, Springer Orvosi Kiadó, Budapest, 2000.

Literature developed by the Department

Handout of lectures and practices, avaiable on Neptun Meet Street.



Recommended literature

Kaptein, A., Weinman, J. (eds.): Health Psychology, BPS Blackwell Publishing, 2004.
John L. Coulehan and Marian R. Block: The Medical Interview, 5th edition, 2006.
Feldman, M. D., Christensen, J.F. (eds.): Behavioral Medicine: A Guide for Clinical Practice, Forth Edition, McGrow-Hill, 2014.
Ayers, S.; de Visser, R.: Psyhology for Medicine, SAGE, 2011.

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

According to the Code of Studies and Examinations.

Mid-term exams


Making up for missed classes

Additional practices and homework.

Exam topics/questions

Final exam:
A) Written test: it consists 60 questions. AND
B) Oral exam: a theoretical question and a problem based complex case study analysis. A patient's case history is presented as a question. The student should to explain the possible bio-psycho-social context of the case history and demonstrate the possible alternatives of the management of the given problems.
Grade construction:
The final grade is the average of the grades of written and oral exam parts.
Further details about the exam can be found at the Neptun.


  • Dr. Birkás Béla
  • Dr. Füzesi Zsuzsanna
  • Dr. Gács Boróka
  • Dr. Kállai János
  • Dr. Tiringer István
  • Hartung István

Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars

  • Dr. Birkás Béla
  • Dr. Gács Boróka
  • Dr. Tiringer István
  • Hartung István