PhD - Psychology: Health Psychology

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program with a specialization in Health Psychology at Northcentral University focuses on helping you develop the organizational, interpersonal and research skills needed to seek out a career in psychology. Read further to find out more about this program today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program with a specialization in Health Psychology at Northcentral University gives you the chance to learn the theories and psychological principles that address helping people work through different health issues that they may encounter. Courses will explore everything from professional ethics to different research methods, allowing you to cover many different topics in the field of psychology. You will also have the chance to participate in a series of research and dissertation classes so that you can practice and demonstrate what you have learned in the program. In order to graduate, you must pass all your classes with at least a B grade. You will also need to pass a comprehensive exam and write and defend an acceptable doctoral dissertation.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you are interested in applying to this program, you should have a basic understanding of how people function mentally and physically. You should already be educated in psychology, and have studied health in some capacity before you enter into the program. You are also required to have a master's degree prior to applying to this program at Northcentral University.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To graduate from this program, you will be required to complete 60 credit hours, which includes a combination of foundation, specialization and research courses, as well as an exam course and dissertation courses.

Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a Specialization in Health Psychology

Course CodeCourse Name
Required Courses
PSY7101 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
PSY7102 Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
PSY8300 Health Psychology
PSY7103 Research Methods
PSY8301 Psychosocial Factors in Health
PSY7104 Statistics I
PSY8302 Behavioral Nutrition
PSY7105 Tests and Measurements
PSY8303 Eating Disorders and Obesity
PSY7106 Quantitative Research Design
PSY8304 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
PSY7107 Statistics II
PSY8305 Consultation and Interventions in Health Care Settings
PSY7108 Qualitative Research Design
PSY7109 Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
CMP9500P Comprehensive Exam
DIS9501P Dissertation Research
DIS9502P Dissertation Research
DIS9503P Dissertation Research
DIS9504P Dissertation Research

What Could I Do After Graduation?

Career Opportunities

After completing this program, you may be able to seek out a career path that suits your talents and interests. You may be able to find work interacting with groups or individuals or in a more research-oriented environment.

Possible career paths include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • School Counselor
  • Psychology Researcher
  • Self-Help Writer