Program Goals and Learning Outcomes
PROGRAM GOAL 1: Walden University’s Health Psychology graduates will acquire knowledge in the foundations of psychology and will develop identities as health psychologists.
Learning Outcome 1.1
Students will explain behavior using current theory and research in the biological, affective, social, individual differences, and cognitive areas of psychology.
Learning Outcome 1.2
Students will be able to discuss how key issues within the field of health psychology impact health-related issues.
PROGRAM GOAL 2: Walden University’s Health Psychology graduates apply knowledge and demonstrate skills in the scientific, methodological, and theoretical foundations of psychology from a scholar-practitioner perspective.
Learning Outcome 2.1
Students will be able to synthesize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
Learning Outcome 2.2
Students will be able to synthesize theory and research to apply in the practice of health psychology.
PROGRAM GOAL 3: Walden University’s Health Psychology graduates will demonstrate proficiency in the use of empirically supported intervention techniques with diverse populations.
Learning Outcome 3.1
Students will be able to identify and describe personal and environmental factors that impact health
Learning Outcome 3.2
Students will demonstrate proficiency in using empirically supported evidence to evaluate the effectiveness of health-related treatments.
PROGRAM GOAL 4: Walden University’s Health Psychology graduates will demonstrate the ability to work ethically and effectively with diverse populations.
Learning Outcome 4.1
Students will be able to describe experiences and perspectives of diverse populations including but not limited to race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
Learning Outcome 4.2
Students will apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA) to decision making with diverse populations in both research practice and work settings.
PROGRAM GOAL 5: To prepare Walden University graduates to actively identify and contribute to the health psychology profession by demonstrating attitudes and behaviors essential for lifelong learning, scholarly inquiry, advocacy, and professional problem-solving as health psychologists, with a particular emphasis on positive social change.
Learning Outcome 5.1
Students will be able to discuss how social/political issues, policies, and events impact the field of health psychology.
Learning Outcome 5.2
Students will engage in professional activities related to health psychology that promote positive social change.