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Top Schools for Health Psychology

Learn about programs in health psychology, which examine the effects of behavior, social context and other factors on mental and physical health. Get information about graduate options at three top-notch schools, and find a list of other universities that provide training for health psychologists. View article »

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Top Health Psychology Schools

Degree programs in health psychology can lead to a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Students may find degrees offered specifically in the field or may be provided as a concentration option within a broader psychology program.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Behavioral Sciences, General
  • Biopsychology
  • Clinical Psychology, General
  • Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Community Psychology
  • Comparitive Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology, General
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Family Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology, General
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Medical Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology
  • Social Psychology

School Overviews

Students looking to attend a high-ranking university may want to consider the programs offered at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and Santa Clara University. Each of these schools was nationally or regionally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

Stanford University

Stanford University in Stanford, California is flush with research centers, like the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies, and the Stanford Humanities Center. The Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in health and development. The program includes courses in abnormal or personality psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Students also learn how infants develop cognitive skills. Stanford was ranked as tied for #5 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

University of Michigan

The Health Psychology program at University of Michigan in Dearborn, Michigan is made for either part-time or full-time students. The Behavioral Science Department offers a Master of Science in Health Psychology program, which emphasizes research and theory. This program is composed of eight courses totaling 39 credits. Additional credits are required in electives, theses, or projects. Among public schools in the Midwest, the school was ranked as tied for #6 by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

Santa Clara University

At Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, health psychology is offered as an emphasis within a broader M.A. program. The School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University offers a Master of Arts in Counseling with an emphasis in health psychology. Students who choose this emphasis must take three courses, which cover the theory and practice of health psychology, positive psychology and health, and stress and stress management. For 2017, Santa Clara was ranked the second best university in the West region by U.S. News and World Report.

Alternative Psychology Program

Here is another school with relevant offerings in this field:

School Locataion Degrees
Rutgers University Camden,
New Jersey
Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in psychology

To recap, although programs specifically in health psychology are relatively rare, there are a few great programs at schools that have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report.

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