Health Psychology

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
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There are numerous factors that influence psychological and physical health. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Psychology examines the biological, psychological and social factors associated with psychological and physical health. You will develop an understanding of research-based principles of human behavior and nutrition, and evidence-based approaches for coaching others in the prevention of illness and promotion of health. You will also explore the effects of stress and contextual factors associated with coping.

Basis of Admissions

A completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university is required. Credit hours from another university or institution cannot be transferred towards a post-baccalaureate certificate program.

Post-baccalaureate certificates transfer into a master’s degree sequence.

Completion Period for Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Northcentral allows 2 years to complete all post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Post-baccalaureate certificate courses in the School of Psychology are eight weeks in length.

Specialization Courses

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Course Description


Health Psychology

This course examines how biological, psychological, and social factors interact with and affect: 1. The efforts people make in promoting good health and preventing illness. 2. The treatment of people by medical professionals and responses to treatment. 3. Coping with stress and pain. 4. The recovery, rehabilitation, and psychosocial adjustment of patients with serious health problems. 5. Personality factors in health. 6. Role of stress on immunity.


Behavioral Nutrition

This course introduces the student to research-based principles which define the connections between nutrition and human behavior. Functions and benefits of each of the primary components of human nutrition are explored, including differentiating factors such as source, bioavailability, and mass processing considerations. Principles of lifestyle, nutrition, and health are applied to the student’s personal program as well as for the development of more effective nutrition-oriented treatment programs within the interdisciplinary healthcare community.


Stress and Coping

This course surveys psychological theory, research, and clinical application regarding the effects that stress has on health and well being. Integrations of the major systems of the body are emphasized as they relate to the psychological and physiological stress response. Dispositional and contextual factors associated with coping are examined.


Coaching for Health and Wellness

This course focuses on evidence based approaches for coaching others in the prevention of illness, promotion of health, and living optimally with chronic illness. Key processes such as goal setting, identification of obstacles, and use of personal support systems will be addressed.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Psychology's post-baccalaureate certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $752
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,256
  • Program cost: $9,374
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.

Note on Licensure: The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

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