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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.

Official Program Name:

PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

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.

Program Description:

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.

Learning Format:

Online

Total Credits Required:

60 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 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.

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

Specialization Courses (18 credits)

  • PSY 8500: Mental Health Service Policy
  • PSY 8501: Mental Health Administration and Management
  • PSY 8502: Comparative Analysis of Psychotherapies
  • PSY 8503: Evidence-Based Treatments
  • PSY 8504: Psychology and Finance
  • PSY 8505: Mental Health and the Courts

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:

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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