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Northcentral University | MS in Health Psychology

The Master of Science in Health Psychology program is designed to provide learners with an overview of the psychological theories and principles that apply to health. Read more about this flexible Northcentral University program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Health Psychology

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in applying to this program may have undergraduate training in psychology, sociology, human biology, or nutrition. Though not required, applicants may be currently working in the health services field and desire a way to gain a stronger understanding of people they may come in contact with on a daily basis. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Health Psychology program have the opportunity to explore historical and contemporary psychological approaches. They have the chance to examine the various emotional, physical, and cultural factors that can positively or adversely affect individual wellbeing. In addition, participants have the opportunity to learn to help others manage their feelings, set personal goals, and rely on those who can act as crutches in times of need. The curriculum is also designed to cover regulatory standards and professional ethics. Before the close of the program, students have the chance develop their skills through a non-clinical internship or completion of a final major project in which they choose a health psychology issue that they would like to address.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

30 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Health Psychology:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • PSY 5301: Foundations in Health Psychology
  • PSY 5302: Stress and Coping
  • PSY 5303: Behavioral Nutrition
  • PSY 5107: Research Design
  • PSY 5304: Collaborative Care and Mental Health Policy
  • PSY 5110: Applied Statistics
  • Students Choose One:
    • PSY 6305 - Capstone in Health Psychology
    • PSY 6311 - Internship in Health Psychology
  • Students choose three electives:
    • PSY 6104: Positive Psychology
    • PSY 6110: Clinical Survey of Substance Abuse and Dependence
    • PSY 6120: Temperament and Emotions
    • PSY 6107: Adult Psychopathology
    • PSY 6111: Death and Dying
    • PSY 6117: Psychology of Trauma
    • PSY 6304: Coaching for Health and Wellness

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Earning a Master of Science in Health Psychology could qualify graduates to pursue a number of opportunities in multiple fields. However, those interested in pursuing clinical work typically need at least a doctoral degree. A doctoral degree program could also better prepare individuals for scholarly pursuits or administrative roles with the field.

Advanced degrees that graduates could seek include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Career Paths:

Depending on a graduate's existing profession, completing this Northcentral University program could allow them to undertake additional responsibilities in their current place of employment. In addition, opportunities could be sought with colleges or universities, business corporations, medical facilities, or government departments. Professionals in this field might undertake tasks specific to research, data analysis, psychological testing, or counseling.

Job titles that graduates could be able to apply for might include:

  • Psychological assistant
  • Organizational psychologist
  • College psychology instructor