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MS in Developmental Psychology - Health & Human Development

Walden's online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Health and Human Development aims to teach the psychology behind health awareness and behaviors through different stages of life. Learn more about this program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Health and Human Development

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students thinking of applying to the online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Health and Human Development at Walden University could have previous experience in psychology or a related field, and established communication and organizational skills. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree or an international degree equivalent to a first professional degree to be considered for admission. Although a minimum 2.5 GPA in bachelor's coursework is required, this program does offer conditional admission at the university's discretion. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Students in Walden University's online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Health and Human Development have the chance to learn how to apply the theories and practices of developmental psychology to promote positive change in the world of healthcare and social services. Courses examine the patient/provider relationship, health awareness, and how health behaviors and stress can affect physical wellness. Topics such as auto-immune disorders, cancer, and cardio-vascular diseases may be studied as well as how patients become accustomed to and cope with the diagnosis of an illness. Students could learn how to manage and prevent disease through dietary needs, safe sex, and evaluation of drug and tobacco use. Learners can also explore subjects related to healthcare for women and girls, diseases and disorders in children and adolescents, or the study of aging and meeting the needs of the geriatric community.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

48 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Health and Human Development:

In this curriculum, students will take one graduate studies foundation course and five core courses outlining the basic research skills and theories of developmental psychology. In addition, students enrolled in the online Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Health and Human Development must complete 15 credits in specialization courses that will focus their studies in one of three areas. Students are required to participate in a capstone project to fulfill degree requirements. This program does not lead to licensure; Degree and program information are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • Foundations of Graduate Studies in Psychology

Core Courses (25 credits)

  • Themes and Theories of Developmental Psychology
  • Lifespan Development
  • Gender and Human Development
  • Development in the Digital Age
  • Research Theory, Design, and Methods

Specialization Courses (15 credits)

  • Health Psychology
  • Changing Health Behavior
  • Students will choose one of the following classes:
    • Child and Adolescent Health
    • Women's Health
    • Contemporary Gerontology and Geriatric Psychology

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students may choose to progress their skills in psychology and expand their knowledge of health behavior over the lifespan of human development, or explore how to improve the attention and perception of health among groups of people. Students could also learn leadership skills to manage human service organizations and programs. Graduates from Walden University's Master of Science in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Health and Human Development could be interested in the following doctoral programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Health and Human Development
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Human Services Nonprofit Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education and Promotion with a specialization in Population Health

Career Paths:

Graduates from this program should be able to use advanced skills in psychological research and apply theories and techniques learned to promote health for diverse populations and encourage productive changes in individual health management, human service programs, and health policies. Students can work in a variety of healthcare and social service settings including community organizations, hospitals, and advocacy groups. Graduates from the Master of Science in Developmental Psychology program with a specialization in Health and Human Development from Walden University might pursue the following career paths:

  • Research specialist for a social service agency
  • Healthcare advocate
  • Healthcare worker in a hospital / clinic

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