Program requirements

In addition to graduate courses in the area of Health Psychology, students are expected to take advantage of departmental courses and seminars in related interest areas in the department. In addition, students can take advantage of a number of courses in other departments, such as Health Care and Epidemiology, as relevant to their area of specialization within Health Psychology.

MA program (at least 30 credits)

The MA program requires full-time resident study and should be completed within two years.

  • PSYC 501 – Health Psychology
  • 3 additional credits of Health core program courses (see listing below)
  • 3 credits of statistics
  • 3 credits of PSYC courses outside the Health area
  • thesis (18 credits)

In addition, certain students may be required to complete additional courses or other undertakings because of deficiencies in their preparatory background; these requirements are specified by the program in coordination with the Graduate Student Progress Committee in writing during the first term of the student’s residence in the program.

Note: Students completing the MA program must apply for acceptance into the PhD program; acceptance depends upon the quality of the masters-level work.

PhD program (at least 12 credits)

Full academic year residency is required for PhD students until the attainment of candidacy.

  • 6 credits of Health core program courses (see listing below)
  • 3 credits of statistics
  • 3 credits of PSYC courses outside the Health area
  • comprehensive examination (see the current Graduate Student Handbook for details)
  • dissertation

Core program courses

Health students must take all four of the following (3-credit) courses during their graduate studies (MA and PhD). Not all courses are offered each year, and other courses may be substituted on a case-by-case basis with approval from the student’s supervisor, area, and Director of the Graduate Program.

PSYC 501 – Health Psychology
PSYC 502 – Research Methods in Health Psychology
PSYC 503 – Biological Basis of Health Psychology
PSYC 504 – Special Topics in Health Psychology