PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
Mental health professionals with a master's degree and a valid practitioner license can apply for Northcentral University's PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice program. Learn more about the program's requirements and coursework here.
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PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice
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Northcentral University's PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice program is open to licensed mental health professionals, and is aimed at those professionals who want a broader mental health knowledge base. All applicants to the program need to have already earned a master's degree.
Coursework in Northcentral University's PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice program focuses both on a standard psychology curriculum, and a curriculum of coursework targeted to the specialization area. The program is designed to introduce students to concepts including research study design and execution, use of critical thinking skills, research strategy development, research analysis, the application of psychological principles to problems, and the evaluation and preparation of scholarly materials. In order to successfully complete the program, students must earn a grade of 'B' or higher in all classes, complete coursework in 75 or fewer credits, write an approved dissertation, and successfully complete an oral defense of that dissertation. Northcentral University expects students who complete the program to demonstrate competency in research writing, graduate-level research methods, graduate-level statistics, and the use of computers for word processing, statistical analysis, and presentation production.
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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 PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice:
Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.
Standard Curriculum (15 credits - based on formal evaluation)
- PSY7011: History and Systems of Psychology
- PSY7012: Professional Ethics, Law, and Psychology
- PSY7013: Human Development and Functioning
- PSY7014: Social Psychology
- PSY7015: Biopsychology
Required Courses (60 credits)
- PSY7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
- PSY7102: Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
- PSY8500: Mental Health Services Policy
- PSY7103: Research Methods
- PSY8501: Mental Health Administration and Management
- PSY7104: Statistics I
- PSY8502: Comparative Analysis of Psychotherapies
- PSY7105: Tests and Measurements
- PSY8503: Evidence-Based Treatments
- PSY7106: Quantitative Research Design
- PSY8504: Psychology and Finance
- PSY7107: Statistics II
- PSY8505: Mental Health and the Courts
- PSY7108: Qualitative Research Design
- PSY7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
- CMP9500P: Comprehensive Exam
- DIS9501P-DIS9504P: Dissertation Research (A minimum of four of these courses is required)
Graduates of Northcentral University's PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice program may be able to use their new credential to continue their prior licensed healthcare practice, or to attempt to enter a new career field. A PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice may open doors to careers in higher education and public policy, such as:
- Psychology professor
- Mental health policy consultant
- Mental health policy advocate
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