Master - Psychology: Health Psychology

Are you interested in pursuing a career that requires you to possess an understanding of the psychological and biological factors impacting health and wellness? Northcentral University's Master of Science in Health Psychology could help you develop the clinical and analytical skills needed to reach this professional goal. Read on for more information about this online master's degree program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Northcentral University's Master of Science in Health Psychology combines a foundational education in psychology theories and systems with coursework providing study in the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of heath, illness, and nutrition. Health psychology courses cover the benefits of positive psychology, emotions and temperament, and the psychology trauma. Foundations coursework addresses major schools of thought in psychology, human development theories, physiological factors in cognitive and behavioral development, social psychology, and research methods. You can choose between completing a 100-hour non-clinical internship or a capstone. In the final capstone course, you will demonstrate your understanding of concepts and theories discussed in the program through extensive research into a specific health psychology topic.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Before enrolling in Northcentral University's Master of Science in Health Psychology, you must have a bachelor's degree. An academic background in psychology, health, or nutrition could be helpful, but is not required.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Northcentral University's Master of Science in Health Psychology requires the completion of 30 credits.

Courses for a Master of Science in Health Psychology

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
PSY 5301 Foundations in Health Psychology
PSY 5302Stress and Coping
PSY 5303Behavioral Nutrition
PSY 5107Research Design
PSY 5304Collaborative Care and Mental Health Policy
PSY 5110Applied Statistics
PSY 6305
OR
PSY 6311
Capstone in Health Psychology

Internship in Health Psychology
Choose three electives:
PSY 6104Positive Psychology
PSY 6110Clinical Survey of Substance Abuse and Dependence
PSY 6120Temperament and Emotions
PSY 6107Adult Psychopathology
PSY 6111Death and Dying
PSY 6117Psychology of Trauma
PSY 6304Coaching for Health and Wellness

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Northcentral University's Master of Science in Health Psychology, you could pursue clinical, research, or consulting jobs in a variety of professional environments. You might oversee the development, analysis, and implementation of health programs, such as weight loss or smoking cessation programs in clinics, community health centers, hospitals, nonprofit health organizations, or nutrition centers. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Clinical Health Counselor
  • Health Service Manager
  • Public Health Program Analyst