University of Pittsburgh


Patient, Physician & Society

Behavioral Medicine

January 9, 2019-May 15, 2019
16 sessions

Jason B. Rosenstock, MDCourse Director
Jason B. Rosenstock, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry

Course Description

The goals of the course are:

  1. to understand how behavior can affect one’s own health and can affect one’s ability to be an effective, caring physician.
  2. to understand the pervasive role of human behavior in the etiology of disease.
  3. to gain an appreciation of the importance of motivational skills and approaches in the counseling and treatment of patients.
  4. to understand how challenging it is to alter entrenched behaviors, even if there is a clear connection to improved health (for both patients and physicians)

The 20 faculty are from 7 departments: Anesthesiology; Cell Biology and Physiology; Emergency Medicine; Family Medicine (Department Chair); Gynecology, Obstetrics and Reproductive Sciences; Medicine; and Psychiatry.

Educational Methods


Lectures Standardized patient practice Quizzes    
Small-group sessions Presentations Learning assignments    



Evaluation for this course is based on attendance and participation in small-group sessions; completion, submission, and presentation of 2 independent projects; and an open book, final examination.

Grading: This course comprises 100% of the grade for the Patient, Physician, and Society Block, Section 2. Grading for the block is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Course Director Jason Rosenstock, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award, the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in Medical Education, and the Excellence in Education Award for Course Director. Diemthuy Bui, MD is also a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Award. Jody Glance, MD received the Clinical Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Rosenstock; Robert Arnold, MD; Antoine Douaihy, MD; Diemthuy Bui, MD; and Giselle Hamad, MD, are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.