Head of track: Prof. Rebecca Jacoby
MTA is the only place in Israel where you can study medical psychology.
In medical psychology, students specialize in understanding the connection between the physiological variables and the psychological and social variables involved in the development of physical symptoms and disease, as well as how to handle them and prevent them. This study track focuses on adult medical psychology as well as child medical psychology. The track trains students to work in the medical system and treat patients with physical diseases who are either hospitalized or ambulatory.
The knowledge base the program provides includes three main components:
· Clinical knowledge and expertise in psychopathology, psychodiagnostics and psychotherapy.
· Familiarity with models, theories and therapeutic approaches in medical psychology
· Basic courses in physiology, anatomy and neural systems.
These components give students a strong base to understand how physiological processes and behavior interact and provide a solid foundation for more advanced courses such as Psychopharmacology and Physiological and Psychological Aspects of Diseases. A variety of additional seminars and courses such as “Sociology of Medicine” and “Ethics” will provide the knowledge needed in order to pursue carrers as a psychologist in the medical system.
The curriculum consists of 60 credit units. It includes required courses and seminars. Aside from the courses and seminars, students are required to take part in a practicum twice a week and submit a term paper.