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C.G.S. in Health Psychology

For additional information contact program director:

Christine Marco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of M.A. in Psychology Program
Horace Mann 311
(401) 456-8598
psychgradprgm@ric.edu

Purpose

The Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) in Health Psychology provides post-baccalaureate education to people interested in health-related fields of work. The knowledge gained in this program has applications for careers in health-related research, patient care, and public health policy.

Objectives

  • To gain knowledge of the major concepts and theoretical perspectives in health psychology.
  • To gain n understanding of research design and analysis in health psychology.
  • To write effectively and professionally about health psychology.

Program Details

  • A minimum of 16 credits to complete
  • Small class sizes
  • Students may attend part-time or full-time (9+ credits)

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application form accompanied by a fifty-dollar nonrefundable application fee.
  2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Prior course work in introductory psychology and research methods.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  5. A statement of professional goals and how the program will help to prepare for them.
  6. Three letters of recommendation that address potential to succeed in a graduate program. Must include at least one letter from a psychology professor or from a professional within psychology or related field.
  7. A plan of study approved by the advisor and the appropriate dean.
  8. An interview may be required.

Plan of Study

After being conditionally accepted into the program, applicants will be assigned an academic advisor and must consult with this advisor to develop a Plan of Study (POS). The POS lists the required and elective courses that the student will take to fulfill the requirements of the program, and is filed with the Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Arts & Sciences. The POS and all changes to the POS require prior approval of the Advisor, the department Chair, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences. FORMAL ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM IS NOT COMPLETED UNTIL THE PLAN OF STUDY IS ON FILE IN THE GRADUATE OFFICE.

Course Requirements

Course No. Course Title Credits
PSYC 424Health Psychology4
PSYC 500Research Design and Analysis I (*)3
PSYC 501Research Design and Analysis II (*)3
Two additional courses from
HED 410Stress Management3
HED 507Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
OR
NURS 507Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
NURS 508Public Health Science3
PSYC 558Seminar in Social Psychology3
PSYC 560Current Issues in Psychology (**)3
*This ocurse must be completed within the first three semesters
**This course must be on an approved health-related topic

Total Credit Hours

16

Graduate Program Policies

Students must adhere to and are responsible for following all the general policies of Graduate Programs in Arts & Sciences. A copy may be obtained from the following link:

Adobe PDFGraduate Studies Manual 2013

For Application Form and Assistantship/Scholarship Applications:

All application forms are available at http://www.ric.edu/facultyArtsSciences/graduate_requirements.php

Deadlines for admission are March 1 and November 1 for the following semester.  Applications received after these deadlines will be considered for admission so long as there are available seats. Please note that applications received after these deadline may not be processed in time to register for the next semester.

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Page last updated: August 22, 2013