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. Requirements include 30 foundation credits, 18 specialization credits, and 12 dissertation credits.

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

Course NumberCourse Title
Required Courses
PSY 7101 Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
PSY 7102 Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
PSY 7103Research Methods
PSY 7104Statistics I
PSY 7105Tests and Measurements
PSY 7106Quantitative Research Design
PSY 7107Statistics II
PSY 7108Qualitative Research Design
PSY 7109Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
CMP 9701P Pre-Candidacy Prospectus
Specialization Courses
PSY 8300 Health Psychology
PSY 8301Psychosocial Factors in Health
PSY 8302Behavioral Nutrition
PSY 8303Eating Disorders and Obesity
PSY 8304Complementary and Alternative Medicine
PSY 8305Consultation and Interventions in Health Care Settings
Dissertation Courses
DIS 9901A Components of the Dissertation
DIS 9902AThe Dissertation Proposal
DIS 9903AInstitutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
DIS 9904AThe Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

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