Graduate study in Health Psychology has a strong research focus on behavioral risk factors that impact health, such as stress, at-risk sexual practices, drug use, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, noncompliance with treatment regimens, etc.
The program focuses on health service provisions disparities and research in minority communities examining psychological disorders and diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and sexually transmitted infections. Our program also promotes effective health education and planning for those communities.
The Doctoral program in Health Psychology has two specialized areas of study: Clinical Health and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS). The Clinical Health specialization prepares students to work in applied settings, such as hospitals, physical rehabilitation settings, outpatient clinics, and other health services settings as members of multidisciplinary teams. The BCHS specialization will prepare students to conduct research and to develop/implement community interventions. Both areas of study emphasize research, grant-writing, and offer instructional opportunities.