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Policy Statement

The Graduate Certificate Program in Health Psychology is designed to provide exposure to theoretical and empirical research in Health Psychology that will augment a student’s primary course of study and provide certification of the completion of the program on a graduate transcript. The Health Psychology Certificate Program is associated with the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program and the Major Area of Study in Clinical Health Psychology within that Program. 

Who Would Benefit from a Health Psychology Certificate?

From the very beginning, Health Psychology has always been a “hybrid” discipline. Following from those interdisciplinary roots, the Health Psychology Certificate would welcome students from a broad range of programs who have a variety of educational goals. 

Students in Health Service Delivery Programs.  Course offerings provide students the option of selecting classes that could be used to inform practice with patients with chronic or acute health problems.  Practicum training is NOT offered, but didactic work can be used to inform training offered in other programs that prepare students to deliver mental or physical health related services (e.g., Counseling Psychology, Social Welfare, Physical Therapy, and Nursing).

Students interested in Health Promotion.  Course offerings provide students the option of selecting classes that could be used by students interested in careers related to health promotion or primary prevention, or careers that involve communication about health care (e.g., Health Sport and Exercise Science, Public Policy, Health Care Administration).

Students interested in Transdisciplinary Research. Course offerings provide students the option of selecting classes with an applied focus in other domains of social science (e.g., Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, Philosophy/Ethics).  

Upcoming Special Events


A memorial service in honor of Larry Wrightsman be will held in the Kansas Room at the Memorial Union on campus on Wednesday, October 30 from 3:30 - 5:00 P.M. with a reception immediatley following until 6:30 P.M We hope you can attend!  To help us better keep track of likely attendees, please RSVP using this link.  Feel free to pass this on to any others who might be interested in attending!