Health Psychology is concerned with the application of psychological theory, methods and treatment to the understanding and promotion of physical health. Health psychology is based on the biopsychosocial model, which posits that biological, psychological and social processes are centrally and interactively involved in physical health and illness. This initially provocative premise has fueled major advances in psychology, medicine, nursing and public health and continues to contribute to increased understanding of physical health and the development of interventions promoting health and well-being.
Requirements: PSYC 5120. In addition, the student must also take three graduate courses (nine credits) relevant to health psychology. The Health Psychology program maintains a list of courses that are pre-approved to satisfy this latter requirement. The Director may approve other courses in addition to those that are pre-approved. Total requirements are 12 credits.