Health Psychology is a discipline that examines how psychological, biological, and social processes contribute to physical health and disease. It integrates perspectives from multiple disciplines, such as psychology, public health, and medicine, and it utilizes a variety of research approaches, including experimental, repeated daily life assessments, survey and intervention methods.

Health Psychology at UBC
The primary aim of this graduate program is to train research scientists in the understanding and application of foundational theories and methods in Health Psychology. Students are expected to pursue the goals of research excellence, effective teaching, and scholarly breadth. Towards fulfilling these goals, graduate students engage in research from the outset of the program, first by working under the close supervision of an advisor and then by assuming a more independent role as specific research interests are formulated. This program does not provide clinical training in Health Psychology; it is intended for students seeking careers in research and teaching only. Faculty research programs are well funded by major national granting agencies foundations (CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC, Heart & Stroke).

Careers in Health Psychology
Students with a PhD in Health Psychology are in high demand for competitive positions in a number of disciplines and professions. Graduates of health psychology programs are often employed at universities and research institutions, in hospitals, clinics, and medical centers, and government and nonprofit organizations.