Health is broadly conceptualized as physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. The health psychology specialization at UWF recognizes the interacting roles of body, mind, and spirit in health.
The curriculum of the health psychology specialization balances Eastern and Western approaches to health, with an emphasis on the contributions of the field of psychology. Required courses provide the groundwork for an empirical approach to the study of health.
Core courses provide a foundation in the biological, social, individual, and acquired bases of behavior.
Specialization courses integrate psychological theory and research in the tradition of the biopsychosocial model.
In addition to a solid foundation in the discipline of psychology, a range of interdisciplinary electives are available to students to tailor their educational experience.
Internship and thesis opportunities provide practical experience in the applications of health psychology. Faculty in the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences are actively involved in a number of local, regional, national, and international groups, providing access to a broad, interdisciplinary network of other professionals.
This specialization certificate is available for graduate students in each of the three graduate program tracks. Specific requirements for the Health Psychology Specialization Certificate vary slightly among each of the three graduate program tracks. Graduate students are required to fulfill the requirements of their specific graduate program track.