Master of Science in Health Psychology (MSHP)
100% Online MS in Health Psychology
Complete your studies on your own time.
New start date every Monday
Start your first course when it’s convenient for you.
16 Months to your MS in Health Psychology
Finish your MSHP in just 10 courses.
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Master of Science in Health Psychology
Make a difference in the health care industry with the 100% online Master of Science in Health Psychology (MSHP) degree program at National University. As a student, you’ll learn to apply psychological principles that can prevent illness, improve personal health outcomes, and impact healthcare systems.
Through NU’s MS in Health Psychology, you’ll focus on the psychological study of health and illness, along with recovery, from the perspective that these arise due to a combination of physical, behavioral, and social conditions. You’ll also take electives focused on topics such as substance abuse, adult psychopathology, trauma, and wellness.
Health and Wellness Begins with You
Our MS in Health Psychology online program prepares you for careers in education, the health and wellness industry, and other helping professions. An optional internship at the end of the program gives you the opportunity to apply your classroom studies to real-world situations.
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Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 16 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One
Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs, and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional. Students in the MS in Health Psychology program may choose a non-clinical internship.
- Clinical Case Manager
- Family / Behavioral Therapist
- Family / School / General Social Worker
- Health and Wellness Coach
- Health Educator / Coach
- Mental Health Assistant
- Mental Health Educator
- Public Health Officer
- Social / Human Services Manager
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
- And many more, in public and private facilities of all different sizes!
*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program specific requirements with an NU advisor. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.
Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of National University’s Master of Science in Health Psychology (MSHP) degree program, you’ll be able to:
- Synthesize theories and principles applicable to the field of health psychology through written communication
- Appraise research methods and data analysis applicable in the framework of health psychology
- Investigate empirically supported interventions for research, administration, or practice of health psychology
- Employ ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters of health psychology
- Examine diversity issues in the context of health psychology
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Frequently Asked Questions
You can pursue a Master’s in Health Psychology without an undergraduate degree in psychology. However, you may need to complete prerequisite coursework in psychology before beginning the graduate program.
Although both degrees involve studying the human mind and behavior, they have different areas of emphasis. A Master’s in Health Psychology focuses on exploring the connection between psychological factors and physical health, while a Master’s in Clinical Psychology is more focused on diagnosing and treating mental illness. A Master’s in Health Psychology can open up career opportunities in healthcare, wellness, or public health, while a Master’s in Clinical Psychology prepares graduates for careers in mental health counseling or therapy.
With a Master’s in Health Psychology, you can pursue a wide range of career paths in healthcare, research, or community organizations. Some potential careers include health educator, research assistant, public health specialist, wellness program coordinator, or patient advocate. Additionally, you may choose to further your education and training by pursuing a doctoral degree in health psychology or a related field.
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