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Health Psychology, MS - Career Outcomes

The master's of science in health psychology is designed to prepare students for further graduate study, typically at the doctoral level. Students who graduate from our program continue on to doctoral programs in clinical or experimental psychology, medical school, public health programs, or move to research settings and work as a research coordinator or behavioral health specialist.

Health Psychology Career Outlook

The leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States--heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes--are all chronic diseases related at least in part to behavior. Given that, individuals who have specialized knowledge in the intersection of behavior and health will be well-positioned to contribute in meaningful ways to improving health outcomes.

Clinical health psychologists take the scientific knowledge obtained from research and apply it to patients with physical and emotional illnesses. They are interested in preventing illness, in treating those who are ill, and in improving people's' general physical and mental well-being. They may generate important research grounded in the biopsychosocial model and are knowledgeable about the critical interrelationships among behavior, mental health, physical diseases, interpersonal relationships, the health care delivery system, and optimum health. Clinical health psychologists work with patients to modify the effects of stress, lifestyle, and personality functioning in optimizing health and preventing and treating illness.

While the services of clinical psychologists are increasingly necessary, a doctoral degree is required. Our program aims to help those who seek entry to these doctoral programs but require additional training/experience before applying to doctoral study.