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Masters degree program in Health Psychology

Learn more about the Masters in Health Psychology and what it can do for your career...

Billions of dollars are spent and invested every year in tangible products focusing on improving health or preventing illness such as organic foods, books on healthy diets, fitness machines and personal trainers. However, there is another facet of health prevention and illness treatment that is quickly gaining traction.

Links between psychological perspectives and health are being found by researchers in the field of health psychology at a quickening pace. Behaviors regarding lifestyle, diet, and exercise habits accompanied with stress, can be the root cause for various minor to life-threatening health problems.

Masters programs in Health Psychology provide students with the skills and information necessary for helping individuals and communities develop avenues to live healthier, more productive and happy lives.

What you will learn...

Specifically, a Masters degree program in Health Psychology will provide you with knowledge in most if not all of the following areas:

Masters in Health Psychology Concepts

  • Biological, psychological, and social factors influencing health
  • Effects of illness & stress
  • Illness prevention
  • Health promotion
  • Psychological concepts & principles applied toward psychophysiologica wellness, health, and immunocompetence
  • Personal & environmental factors impacting health
  • Psycholoical interventions in varoius contexts
  • Multicultural& global perspectives regarding psychology theory, research, and practice
  • Health program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • History & systemns of psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Statistics
  • Controlled randomized experiments
  • Quasi-experiments
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Time-series designs
  • Cross-sectional studies
  • Case control studies

**After you complete the above forms, representatives from the above Universities will provide you with more information about their Masters degree programs in Health Psychology and about possible future career prospects associated with this degree.

In addition, you may wish to contact schools offering similar programs to make sure you are embarking in the right educational direction for your career ambitions. Below are a list of schools offering such programs online:

Salary Benefits...

As stated in a Bureau of Labor and Statistics Current Population Survey from May of 20081:

  • The average salaries of those who hold a Masters degree in 2008 was $1,228/week, while those only holding a Bachelor's degree was $978/week.
  • In addition, those who are educated in a psychology field typically earn above the national average for individuals with a similar level of education. Click here to download a BLS survey of wage distributions for careers often held by those who enter a professional field in psychology.

Advancement...

For many careers associated with health psychology, a Master's degree is all you will need. However, if you wish to become a health psychologist, licensure requirements indicate that you must first earn a doctoral degree.

One great thing about earning your masters degree is that if you decide to earn your PhD at a later date, the idea becomes much less daunting. In addition, your ability to become accepted into a doctoral degree program in health psychology is much greater after you have already completed masters program.

Career possibilities for those with a Master's degree in Health Psychology...

  • Research assistant
  • Project manager
  • Behavior specialist
  • Health psychologist (requires PhD and licensure)

Additional fields within health psychology...

  • Occupational Health Psychology
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Public Health Psychology
  • Community Health Psychology
  • Critical Health Psychology

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