Health Psychology Program Overview
How does physical health affect one’s state of mind? In what ways does the brain influence illness? How closely linked are mental and physical wellness?
These are the questions at the heart of health psychology—a rapidly growing field in need of professionals to provide psychological services to those with medical illness.
The University of the Sciences of Philadelphia is one of the only master’s programs in the country with a curriculum focused specifically on health psychology. We prepare students to thrive in careers in health-related research. The program can also serve as a springboard to a doctoral degree.
From Discovery to Application
We base our program in applied experimental psychology. You will receive training in the scientific foundations of clinical health psychology; work closely with faculty on their research, all in the context of evidence-based practice. Disciplines covered in the program include:
- Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Graduate statistics and experimental design
Rigorous courses and expert instructors will help increase your understanding of the critical interrelationships among behavior, mental health, physical diseases, interpersonal relationships, the health care delivery system, and optimum health.
With several degree options and flexible schedules, the master’s in health psychology program fits your lifestyle. For our undergraduate students, we offer an integrated BS/MS program that allows psychology students to obtain a master’s degree in half the time of a traditional program—often just one extra year.
C. Alix Timko, PhD
Graduate Program Director for Health Psychology
Health psychology is emerging as an in-demand and highly rewarding career. University of the Sciences offers a valuable asset: one of the only master’s programs in the country with a curriculum specific to health psychology.