Health Psychology

Post-Master's Certificate
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The Health Psychology post-master’s certificate is intended for individuals who would like to apply the principles of health psychology in a variety of settings. You will examine the biological, psychological and social factors associated with psychological and physical health. You will also further develop your 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.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.

6 Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

Prerequisite: A Master's degree in any field from an accredited institution will satisfy admission requirements.

Requirement: At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 12 weeks in length.

Time to Completion

Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

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Course Description


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.


Clinical Survey of Substance Abuse and Dependence

Focus on the dynamics of substance abuse and dependence including drugs, alcohol, and marijuana. The impact of substance abuse and dependence on individuals, families, and society is studied. The physiological and psychological processes of dependence will be explored.


Stress and Coping

This doctoral-level course provides a comprehensive overview of the theoretical foundations and empirical research on the psychological, physiological, and environmental nature of stress. The impact of acute and chronic stress is examined and emphasis is given to various approaches to stress management.


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 health care 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 NCU School of Psychology's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $18,890
  • 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-Master's 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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