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MA in Psychology - Health Psychology

The Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology program is designed to provide learners with a foundation in the mental health field with an emphasis on wellness promotion. Read more about this flexible Northcentral University program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in applying to this program may have undergraduate training in psychology, sociology, human biology, or nutrition. Though not required, applicants may be currently working in the health services field and desire a way to gain a stronger understanding of people they may come in contact with on a daily basis. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology program have the opportunity to explore historical and contemporary psychological approaches. They have the chance to examine the various emotional, physical, and cultural factors that can positively or adversely affect individual wellbeing. In addition, participants have the opportunity to learn to help others manage their feelings, set personal goals, and rely on those who can act as crutches in times of need. The curriculum is also designed to cover regulatory standards and professional ethics. Before the close of the program, students have the chance develop their critical-thinking, research, and writing skills through the completion of a final major project in which they choose a health psychology issue that they would like to address.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

36 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Psychology with a Specialization in Health Psychology:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Requirements (21 credits)

  • PSY 5101: Foundations for Graduate Study in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 5102: History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 5103: Professional Ethics, Law, and Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 5104: Theories of Human Development and Functioning (3 credits)
  • PSY 5105: Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 5106: Biopsychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 5107: Research Design (3 credits)

Health Psychology Requirements (15 credits)

  • PSY 6301: Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 6302: Behavioral Nutrition (3 credits)
  • PSY 6303: Stress and Coping (3 credits)
  • PSY 6304: Coaching for Health and Wellness (3 credits)
  • PSY 6305: Capstone Course: Health Psychology (3 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Earning a Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology degree could qualify graduates to pursue a number of opportunities in multiple fields. However, those interested in pursuing clinical work typically need at least a doctoral degree. A doctoral degree program could also better prepare individuals for scholarly pursuits or administrative roles with the field.

Advanced degrees that graduates could seek to earn include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Career Paths:

Depending on a graduate's existing profession, completing this Northcentral University program could allow them to undertake additional responsibilities in their current place of employment. In addition, opportunities could be sought with colleges or universities, business corporations, medical facilities, or government departments. Professionals in this field might undertake tasks specific to research, data analysis, psychological testing, or counseling.

Job titles that graduates could be able to apply for might include:

  • Psychological assistant
  • Organizational psychologist
  • College psychology instructor