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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

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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.

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Program Length/Total Credits Required:

This program requires a minimum of 60 credits hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours, depending on time needed to complete dissertation research.

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.

Doctor of Philosophy Foundation Courses (30 credits)

  • PSY 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
  • PSY 7102: Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
  • PSY 7103: Research Methods
  • PSY 7104: Statistics I
  • PSY 7105: Tests and Measurements
  • PSY 7106: Quantitative Research Design
  • PSY 7107: Statistics II
  • PSY 7108: Qualitative Research Design
  • PSY 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
  • CMP 9701P: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Health Psychology Requirements (18 credits)

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

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

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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