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 and the delivery of mental health services. The program can also serve as a springboard to a doctoral degree.
From Discovery to Application
We base our program on the scientist-practitioner model of professional psychology. You will receive training in both the scientific foundations of clinical health psychology and the most modern, scientifically established practice skills. Disciplines covered in the program include:
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Health psychology treatment interventions
- 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. Supervised field placements will let you apply what you learn in actual health psychology settings.
With several degree options and flexible schedules, the master’s in health psychology program fits your lifestyle. We also offer an integrated BS/MS program that allows undergraduate 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.