Certificate in Health Psychology

Health is broadly conceptualized as physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. The health psychology specialization at UWF recognizes the interacting roles of body, mind, and spirit in health.

The curriculum of the health psychology specialization balances Eastern and Western approaches to health, with an emphasis on the contributions of the field of psychology. Required courses provide the groundwork for an empirical approach to the study of health.

Core courses provide a foundation in the biological, social, individual, and acquired bases of behavior.

Specialization courses integrate psychological theory and research in the tradition of the biopsychosocial model.

In addition to a solid foundation in the discipline of psychology, a range of interdisciplinary electives are available to students to tailor their educational experience.

Internship and thesis opportunities provide practical experience in the applications of health psychology. Faculty in the Psychology Department are actively involved in a number of local, regional, national, and international groups, providing access to a broad, interdisciplinary network of other professionals.

Semester Hours (completed during the course of AND/OR in addition to MA degree requirements): 21

All of the following (12sh)
EAB 5738 Behavioral Medicine
CLP 4314 Health Psychology (annotated for graduate credit)
PSB 5035 Cognitive Neuroscience
EAB 5705 Advanced Behavior Modification
Two of the following (6sh)
PSY 5016+L Conjunctive Psychology (+Lab)
ISC 5517+L Buddhist Psychology (+Lab)
PCO 6312 Substance Abuse Counseling
PSY 4832 Sport and Exercise Psychology
CYP 6005 Community Psychology
EXP 5256 Human Factors Psychology
One of the following (3sh)
HSC 5655 Theoretical Foundations of Health Care Ethics
HSC 5991 Epidemiology
HSC 6990 Health Promotion and Planning
HAS 5115 Health Care Policy and Administration
Total Hours = 21sh