Health Psychology Coursework

Students complete Health Psychology training through the broader Psychological Science PhD program, which also includes social, developmental, and neuroscience students. Formalized credentials are particularly important in medical settings, so in 2016, we completed a university- and region-wide process to classify Health Psychology as a doctoral certificate. The certification process codified more stringent degree requirements (below) and ensures that "Health Psychology" appears on students' transcripts, rather than merely as a generic psychology PhD. This training in Health Psychology is intended for students pursuing research-intensive careers; it is not for students seeking licensure as a clinical or counseling psychologist. Psychology PhD students engage in collaborative research with faculty within and beyond the walls of the department, and the majority of our PhD students go on to secure academic positions.

Course Requirements for Trainees in Health Psychology (.PDF)

Health Psychology Course Offerings

Quantitative Methods Course Offerings

Additional Representative Psychology Course Offerings

Representative Elective Courses Offered by Other Departments

  • Biological Basis of Disease
  • Cancer Epidemiology*
  • Cancer: Causes, Treatments, and Disparities
  • Categorical Data Analysis
  • Clinical and Translational Research Methods*
  • Clinical Trials: Design, Conduct, and Analysis*
  • Community Organizing
  • Epidemiologic Methods I* and II
  • Health and Human Rights*
  • Health Communication Theory and Practice
  • Health Economics
  • Health Education and Communication Programs
  • Health Law and Regulation
  • Meta-Analysis*
  • Mortality: Measurement, Trends, and Differentials
  • Nonparametric Statistics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Planning of Health Education Programs
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quality Management in Healthcare
  • Quantitative Decision Models
  • Sexual Health
  • Social Determinants of Health*
  • Social/Behavioral Aspects of Global Health*
  • Statistics Software: SPSS, SAS*, STATA*, R*, ArcGIS*
  • Survival Analysis
  • Women's Health
* Denotes courses outside of the psychology department that were completed by psychology students or faculty in recent years