Health Psychology Graduate Certificate Program Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in courses taken in the certificate program and maintain good standing in any University program of study for which they are enrolled.

At least once per year the participants will be required to meet with the Health Psychology Certificate Director or Assistant Director to discuss progress in the Certificate Program. Those meetings will need to take place in the spring advising period and will be prompted by the Assistant Director. 

A student pursuing the Health Psychology Certificate can take no longer than 4 years to pursue the certificate unless a leave of absence or other extenuating circumstances are present. In either event a petition letter would need to be submitted to the Director and Co-Director during the 4th year of enrollment.

Course Requirements:

To complete the Health Psychology Graduate Certification, 12 credit hours* must be completed within 4 academic years.

3 units: (Required) One of the two Primary Health Psychology Courses; PSYC 832 or PSYC 833
9 units: Any combination of electives or other primary course not used for the primary requirement (may include a cross listed course).

*Only one course outside of Psychology can be included in these 12 credit hours.

Primary Health Psychology Courses: (3)3
Prevention and Illness management are the primary clinical foci of health psychology. Thus, all students are required to take one of these two primary health psychology courses*.
Clinical Health Psychology: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Clinical Health Psychology: Acute and Chronic Illness
*Students who wish to take both courses may count the second course as an elective.
Elective Courses (9)9
Elective Course Options: Psychology
Students may the select any of the following elective courses to fulfill credit requirements. Students are strongly advised to consult with their primary advisor to choose classes that are consistent with their primary course of study.*
Health Psychology
Seminar: _____ (Eating Disorders)
Clinical Health Psychology: Physical Aspects of Health and Disease
Pain and Its Management
Palliative Care in Health Psychology
Psychology of Women's Health
Stress and Coping
Behavioral Pharmacology
Mental Health and Aging
Seminar: _____ (Treatment of Eating Disorders)
Elective Course Options: Non-Psychology *Only one of the following may be used toward completion of 12 hours.
Educational Psychology
Substance Abuse Counseling
Crisis and Disaster Counseling
Health Sport and Exercise Science
Physiology of Functional Aging
Health Behavior Theory
Stress Management
Current Issues in Health
Implementing Health Programs
Behavior Modification in Health and Exercise
Psychology of Physical Activity
Health and Social Behavior
Social Welfare
Social Work in Health Care and Mental Health Settings
Social Work and Aging
*Students may also petition the Director to take an alternative course offered and not listed here (Example: Pediatric Psychology, Courses at KUMC in MPH or other program areas).