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Master of Science in Health Psychology

Health and Wellness Begins with You

Health psychologists use the scientific method to understand the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors that affect both health and illness. The Master of Science in Health Psychology program helps prepare you for a career to work in education, the health and wellness industry, or the helping professions.

As a student in the Health Psychology program, you will examine the application of psychological principles that can prevent illness, improve personal health outcomes and impact health care systems at large. In this flexible, 30-credit program, you will focus on the psychological study of health and illness, along with recovery, from the perspective that these phenomena arise from a combination of physical, behavioral, and social conditions. A core course is stress and coping, in which you will examine sources, manifestations and coping models for stress.

Behavioral nutrition, collaborative care and mental health policies, and research methodologies are critically important to the field of health psychology. You will also be able to select electives focusing on such topics as substance abuse, adult psychopathology, trauma and wellness. At the end of the program, an optional internship provides an opportunity to apply classroom studies to real-world situations.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize theories and principles applicable to the field of health psychology through written communication
  • Appraise research methods and data analysis applicable in the framework of health psychology
  • Investigate empirically supported interventions for research, administration or practice of health psychology
  • Employ ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters of health psychology
  • Examine diversity issues in the context of health psychology

Career Potential*

  • Clinical Case Manager
  • Family / Behavioral Therapist
  • Family / School / General Social Worker
  • Health Educator / Coach
  • Mental Health Educator
  • Public Health Officer
  • Health and Wellness Coach
  • Mental Health Assistant
  • Social / Human Services Manager
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience, training and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.


Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 16 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One

Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs, and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional. Students in the MS in Health Psychology program may choose a non-clinical internship.