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Available Courses

1. Core Health Psychology: All areas of emphasis (9 credit hours)
PSYC 8000 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Health (3)
PSYC 8200 Introduction to Health Psychology 1 (3)
PSYC 8201 Introduction to Health Psychology 2 (3)


2. Research: All areas of emphasis(20 credit hours)

  • PSYC 8102 Research Design and Quantitative Methods 1 (3)
  • PSYC 8103 Research Design and Quantitative Methods 2 (3)
  • Advanced Research and Methodology Courses (6)
  • PSYC 8999 Dissertation (1-9; 9 total allowed)

3. Interdisciplinary Courses: All areas of emphasis (15 credit hours from among the following).

  • Current issues in Gerontology (GRNT 6600)
  • Aging and Public Policy (GRNT 6210/MPAD 6210)
  • Topics in Communication/Narratives of Health and Illness (COMM 6000)
  • Seminar in Health Communication/Healthcare Narrative (COMM 5000/COMM 4115)
  • Community Epidemiology (HLTH 6202)
  • Health Behavior Change (HLTH 6220)
  • Community Health (HLTH 6221)
  • Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (HLTH 6201)
  • Community Health Planning and Evaluation (HLTH 6207)
  • Physiology of Human Aging (KNES 6232)
  • Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology (KNES 6285)
  • Assessment and Development of Physical Fitness (KNES 5134)
  • Health Policy and Planning in the United States (NURS 6115)
  • Social Organization of Healthcare (PPOL 8661)
  • Health Policy (PPOL 8663)
  • Introduction to Health Services Research (HSRD 8000)
  • Health Care Systems and Delivery (HSRD 8002)
  • Economics of Health and Healthcare (HSRD 8004/PPOL 8667)

4. AREAS OF EMPHASIS SPECIALIZATION COURSES

A. Specialization: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (30 credit hours)

  • CLINICAL (36 to 39 credit hours)
  • PSYC 8050 Topics in Treatment (3)
  • PSYC 8107 Ethics/Professional Issues (2)
  • PSYC 8141 Intellectual Assessment (4)
  • PSYC 8142 Personality Assessment (4)
  • PSYC 8150 Introduction to Treatment (4)
  • PSYC 8151 Behavior Disorders (4)
  • PSYC 8240 History and Systems in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 8243 Diversity in Health Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 8450 Practicum in Clinical Psychology (1-3 hours per semester for a minimum total of 6 credit hours for students with a MA degree in clinical; for students without prior graduate clinical training, a minimum of 9 is required.
  • PSYC 8950 Internship (3)

Breadth Course Requirements for Clinical Psychology program (12 credit hours)

APA requires breadth of education across the broader disciplines of scientific psychology for students in the Clinical Psychology program. Clinical students are required to complete graduate level courses in each of the following areas:

  • Cognitive: PSYC 6116 Cognition (3) or PSYC 8316 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental: PSYC 6120 Developmental Psychology (3)
  • Physiological: PSYC 6113 Physiological Psychology (3)
  • Social/Personality: PSYC 6135 Psychology of Personality (3) or Social Psychology (3)

These courses will be offered on a regular basis (usually every other year or so) and the program seeks to schedule at least one of these breadth courses per semester. A tentative schedule for these courses can be found below.

Minimum credit hours required for graduation: 92-95 (including clinical practicum and internship)


B. Specialization: COMMUNITY HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (17-18 credit hours)
PSYC 8107 Ethics/Professional Issues (2) OR PHIL 6050 Scientific Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research in the Biomedical and Behavior Sciences (3)
PSYC 8145 Applied Research Design & Program Evaluation (3)
PSYC 8155 Community Psychology (3)
PSYC 8255 Community Interventions (3)
PSYC 8455 Practicum in Community Psychology (3)
PSYC 8555 Community Research Practicum (3)

Electives (12-14 credit hours)

Minimum credit hours required for graduation: 78


C. Specialization: GENERAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (17-18 hours)
HLTH 6143 Behavioral Change in Health Promotion (3)
KNES 5232 Physiology of Human Aging (3) or PSYC 6124 Psychology of Aging (3)
PSYC 8107 Ethics/Professional Issues (2) OR PHIL 6050 Scientific Integrity and Responsible Conduct of Research in the Biomedical and Behavior Sciences (3)
PSYC 8216 Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
PSYC 8243 Diversity in Health Psychology (3)
PSYC 8262 Practicum in Health Psychology (3)

Electives (12-14 credit hours)

Minimum credit hours required for graduation: 78

Contact Us


Health Psychology Ph.D. Program

Dr. Virginia Gil-Rivas
Program Director
Colvard 4006
704-687-1330
vgilriva@uncc.edu

The Health Psychology Program is located on the 4th floor of Colvard

Mailing Address

Virginia Gil-Rivas, Ph.D
Colvard 4006
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223-0001
704-687-1330