Health Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
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With an ever changing healthcare landscape, health consultants are in high demand. The PhD-PSY in Health Psychology familiarizes you with the latest theory, research and practice in the field of health psychology. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, you explore the important interaction between the body and the mind, and the factors that influence physical and psychological health, such as stress and nutrition. You will also be challenged to develop your own solutions to today’s psycho-social health problems through research projects.

General Degree Requirements

The PhD in Psychology degree requires a minimum of 60 credit hours at the graduate level beyond the master’s degree.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university while enrolled in a doctoral program with a grade of "B" or better.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred in.

Competencies for PhD Programs in Psychology

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency - PhD students are required to complete PSY7103, PSY7106, PSY7108, and PSY7109 at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete PSY7107 at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral defense.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

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Health Psychology

This doctoral-level 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.


Psychosocial Factors in Health

The body-mind connection is a well-researched topic in the field of medicine and psychology. This course will help the student become aware of the body of research surrounding the impact of behavior, psychology, and social factors on physical health. Further, it will explore how diversity issues, such as gender, age, and ethnocultural background influence health-related behaviors.


Behavioral Nutrition

The interaction of behavior and nutrition is an increasingly important one as nutrition and eating patterns impact the brain and behavior. In this course students will analyze reliable sources of information and statistics in the field of behavioral nutrition, apply ethics and a sensitivity to diversity in developing public health nutrition programs, and utilize text and graphics in communicating information in this field.


Eating Disorders and Obesity

This course surveys topics related to eating disorders and obesity, including etiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Specific focus is given to the dispositional, social, and cultural factors associated with the development and maintenance of disordered eating patterns. Implications for psychological and physical health are examined.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This course takes an evaluative look at complementary and alternative methods (CAM) aimed at promoting health and wellness. Evidence based practice in the application of complementary and alternative methods to health will be explored, as will the increasing use of CAMs in traditional medicine, and their comparative importance among diverse groups.


Consultation and Interventions in Health Care Settings

Consulting in health settings requires an array of personal skills, knowledge and information, and techniques. In this course, the student learns practical skills for consulting. The student also becomes familiar with typical programs offered by consultants in healthcare settings.

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 the NCU’s PhD Psy costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $62,450 - $74,870
  • 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.

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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 Doctor of Philosophy 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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