2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Oct 20, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Psychology - PhD in Psychology


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The Health Psychology specialization educates students on the complex relationship among psychological, social, and biological factors implicated in health and illness. This research-focused program prepares students to work in a variety of settings, such as health and wellness centers, corporations, research institutions, and academic institutions in research, teaching, psychoeducational, and administrative positions.

Health Psychology students will be able to develop the strong theoretical background to design and conduct research on the biological, psychological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to health and illness. By learning how to apply advanced research methodologies, students can promote positive health behaviors and encourage change as a researcher in academic, medical, business, government, and community settings.

The Health Psychology specialization consists of a foundation course, core and specialization courses, three elective courses, demonstration of research competency, and a dissertation.

Fast-Track Option Course Sequence for BS Entry


Note: PhD in Psychology specialization Fast-Track Option courses are identified with an APSY course prefix for enrollment purposes. APSY course descriptions align with corresponding PSYC courses, as listed below.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3
1    5
1  1 5
2    5
2    5
2    5
2  2 1
3    5
3    5
3    5
3  3 2
4    5
4    5
4    5
4  4 2
5    5
5  5 5
5  6 5
5  7 2
6    5
6    5
6   
OR
  
5
7–9+    5 cr. per term for a minimum of three terms; taken continuously until completion

1PSYC 8215 aligns with APSY 8216.
2PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000A Dissertation Prep.
3PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000B Dissertation Prep.
4PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000B Dissertation Prep.
5PSYC 8315 aligns with APSY 8314.
6PSYC 8242 aligns with APSY 8242B.
7PSYC 8702 aligns with APSY 8700.

Fast-Track Option Course Sequence for MS Entry


Note: PhD in Psychology specialization Fast-Track Option courses are identified with an APSY course prefix for enrollment purposes. APSY course descriptions align with corresponding PSYC courses, as listed below.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3
1    5
1    5
2    5
2    5
2    5
2  1 1
3    5
3  2 5
3    5
3  3 1
4    5
4    5
4  4 2
4  5 1
5   
OR
  
5
5    5
5  6 5
6–8+    5 cr. per term for a minimum of three terms; taken continuously until completion

1PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000A Dissertation Prep.
2PSYC 8315 aligns with APSY 8314.
3PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000A Dissertation Prep.
4PSYC 8702 aligns with APSY 8700.
5PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000A Dissertation Prep.
6PSYC 9000 aligns with APSY 9000B Dissertation Prep.

Note on Licensure


The Health Psychology specialization in the PhD in Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.