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PhD in Psychology - Health Psychology

Learners who enroll in the Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology program will have the chance to gain an understanding of how physical and mental health can be affected by such factors as biology, culture, and emotional state. Read more about this Northcentral University doctoral degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in applying to this program may have undergraduate or graduate training in social work, mental health, behavioral psychology, or nutrition. They may also be clinical professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of health psychology in order to gain a better understanding of how to assist their patients. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology program is a research-centered curriculum intended to strengthen learners' skills in critical thinking and scholarly writing. It is designed to examine how individuals undergoing illness, medical treatments, or disease recovery can be positively or negatively affected by such factors as social environment or state of mind. In addition, participants have the opportunity to explore therapeutic and complementary elements of alternative health treatments. They also have the chance to examine how a person's nutritional intake can affect his or her body and mind. What's more, the program is intended to explore assessment and intervention strategies for those who suffer from such dietary disorders as anorexia, bulimia, or obesity.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

There are two tracks to complete the program: Students with a related master's degree can begin the program through the Direct Track, which can be completed in a minimum of 60 credits hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours, depending on time needed to complete dissertation research. Those with unrelated graduate training can begin through the Evaluation Track, in which they may need to complete up to an additional 15 standard curriculum 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.

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Required Courses for a Ph.D. 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.

Students complete either the Direct Track or the Evaluation Track, depending on educational background.

Direct Track:

Foundation Requirements (6 credits)

  • PSY 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7102: Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology (3 credits)

Health Psychology Requirements (18 credits)

  • PSY 8300: Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 8301: Psychosocial Factors in Health (3 credits)
  • PSY 8302: Behavioral Nutrition (3 credits)
  • PSY 8303: Eating Disorders and Obesity (3 credits)
  • PSY 8304: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (3 credits)
  • PSY 8305: Consultation and Interventions in Health Care Settings (3 credits)

Research Requirements (21 credits)

  • PSY 7103: Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PSY 7104: Statistics I (3 credits)
  • PSY 7105: Tests and Measurements (3 credits)
  • PSY 7106: Quantitative Research Design (3 credits)
  • PSY 7107: Statistics II (3 credits)
  • PSY 7108: Qualitative Research Design (3 credits)
  • PSY 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology (3 credits)

Comprehensive Exam Requirement (3 credits)

  • CMP 9500P: Comprehensive Exam (3 credits)

Dissertation Research Requirements (minimum of 12 credits)

  • DIS 9501P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9502P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9503P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9504P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)

Evaluation Track:

Foundation Requirements (6 credits)

  • PSY 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7102: Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology (3 credits)

Standard Curriculum Requirements (up to 15 credits, determined during applicant evaluation)

  • PSY 7011: History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7012: Professional Ethics, Law, and Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7013: Human Development and Functioning (3 credits)
  • PSY 7014: Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7015: Biopsychology (3 credits)

Health Psychology Requirements (18 credits)

  • PSY 8300: Health Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSY 8301: Psychosocial Factors in Health (3 credits)
  • PSY 8302: Behavioral Nutrition (3 credits)
  • PSY 8303: Eating Disorders and Obesity (3 credits)
  • PSY 8304: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (3 credits)
  • PSY 8305: Consultation and Interventions in Health Care Settings (3 credits)

Research Requirements (21 credits)

  • PSY 7103: Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PSY 7104: Statistics I (3 credits)
  • PSY 7105: Tests and Measurements (3 credits)
  • PSY 7106: Quantitative Research Design (3 credits)
  • PSY 7107: Statistics II (3 credits)
  • PSY 7108: Qualitative Research Design (3 credits)
  • PSY 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology (3 credits)

Comprehensive Exam Requirement (3 credits)

  • CMP 9500P: Comprehensive Exam (3 credits)

Dissertation Research Requirements (minimum of 12 credits)

  • DIS 9501P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9502P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9503P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 9504P: Dissertation Research (3 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Earning a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology could help existing medical professionals take on additional workplace duties. Others could find careers with colleges, medical facilities, social service agencies, government departments, or nonprofit organizations. With a health psychology doctoral degree, graduates could be able to take on such responsibilities as applied research, policy development, or program evaluation.

Job titles that graduates of this Northcentral University program could pursue might include:

  • Psychology instructor
  • Psychological data analyst
  • Health and wellness promotion program developer

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