Ph.D. in Psychology - Health Psychology

Walden University

Program Description

Ph.D. in Psychology - Health Psychology

Walden University

Ph.D. in Psychology - Health Psychology

Develop the strong theoretical background needed to design and conduct research into the biological, psychological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to health and illness. By learning how to apply advanced research methodologies, you can promote positive health behaviors and encourage change as a researcher in academic, medical, business, government, and community settings.

Completion Requirements

  • 106 total quarter credits
    • Courses (71 cr.)
    • Elective courses (15 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Ph.D. residencies (4 four-day sessions)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Changing Health Behavior: Theory and Practice
  • Research, Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Biopsychology
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Stress and Coping
  • Elective
  • Survey Research Methods
  • Women’s Health
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Contemporary Gerontology/Geriatric Psychology
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Writing a Quality Prospectus
  • Ethics and Standards of Psychology
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Dissertation I-IV

Elective Course

For your elective courses, select from courses in these Ph.D. in Psychology specializations: Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology, General Psychology, Organizational Psychology, or Social Psychology.

Note on Licensure: The Health Psychology specialization in the Ph.D. in Psychology is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Career Options

The Ph.D. in Psychology program will prepare you to use current theory and research to make valuable contributions to government, nonprofit, and private organizations. With your degree, you will have the ability to work directly with individuals at varying developmental levels, from infants to older adults, as well as diverse groups ranging from families to universities.

Settings in which you may practice can include mental health centers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, corporations, community agencies, social services, and schools. Your career options, depending on your specialization, may include a role as a:

  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Teacher
  • Director of career services
  • Staff psychologist
  • Administrator
  • Political strategist
  • Marketing director
  • Human resources manager
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 7, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
72 months
Part time
Full time
67,610 USD
Start date Sept. 2016
USA Auburn, Alabama
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Duration 72 months
Price 67,610 USD