Health Psychology is concerned with the application of psychological theory, methods and treatment to the understanding and promotion of physical health. Health psychology is based on the biopsychosocial model, which posits that biological, psychological and social processes are centrally and interactively involved in physical health and illness. This initially provocative premise has fueled major advances in psychology, medicine, nursing and public health over the past twenty-five years.
The certificate in Health Psychology has the following objectives:
- Introduce students to the field of health psychology
- Provide a range of coursework in theoretical, methodological, and applied areas of health psychology so that students can individualize their learning of particular areas of health psychology.
- Encourage students to engage in health psychology-related research and applications and prepare them for careers in health psychology.