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Requirements

The certificate program is a total of 12 credit hours, including 3 hours in one of the three Primary Health Courses, and 9 hours in approved elective courses. Your 12 credit hours can include one course outside of the Department of Psychology.

Primary Health Psychology Courses

Prevention and Illness management are the primary clinical foci of health psychology. Thus, all students are required to take one of the three of these primary health psychology courses. Students who wish to take both courses may count the second course as an elective.

  • PSYC 832: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Lawrence Campus) 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 833: Acute and Chronic Illness (taught at KUMC and must have instructor’s permission) 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 834: Physical Aspects of Health and Disease (taught at KUMC and must have instructor's permission) 3 credit hours 

Elective Courses

Students may select any of the elective courses to fulfill the 9 hour elective requirement.  Students are strongly advised to consult with their primary advisor to choose classes that are consistent with their primary course of study.

  • PSYC 605 Health Psychology (see instructor for any course enhancements; clinical psychology program graduate students cannot take this course to fulfill certificate requirements); 3 credit hours​
  • PSYC 690:  Eating Disorders (see instructor for any course enhancements clinical psychology program graduate students cannot take this course to fulfill certificate requirements); 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 690: Addiction (see instructor for any course enhancements clinical psychology program graduate students cannot take this course to fulfill certificate requirements); 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 834: Clinical Health Psychology:  Physical Aspects of Health and Disease (taught at KUMC and must have instructor’s permission); 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 838: Pain and its Management (online); 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 839: Palliative Care in Health Psychology (taught at KUMC); 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 840: Psychology of Women’s Health; 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 841: Stress and Coping; 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 843: Behavioral Pharmacology; 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 844: Mental Health and Aging; 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 986:  Interprofessional and Integrated Behavioral Health Care; 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 993:  Human Behavioral Genetics 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 993:  Social Determinants of Aging and Life Course; 3 credit hours
  • PSYC 993:  Treatment of Eating Disorders (with permission of instructor); 3 credit hours
  • EPSY  845 Substance Abuse Counseling; 3 credit hours
  • EPSY  871 Crisis and Disaster Counseling; 3 credit hours
  • ABSC 705: Pediatric Psychology; 3 credit hours

Petitions for Electives

Students may also petition to take an alternative course offered and not listed here (Example:  Pediatric Psychology, Courses at KUMC in MPH or other program areas). If a student wishes to petition to take an alternative course, they should contact co-director, Dr. Sarah Kirk at skirk@ku.edu and send their syllabus via email and be sure the course approval is on file with the graduate academic advisor, Kirsten Hermreck (kahermreck@ku.edu).

For more information, please visit our Health Psychology Certificate webpage.


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