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Health Psychology (Psychology, Ph.D.)

The Health Psychology (HP) concentration in the Psychology Ph.D. program at ODU provides education, research opportunities, and other relevant experiences around applications of psychology in health, health behavior, and environments that affect health. Health Psychology research and doctoral training addresses a range of focus areas, including alcohol and substance misuse, family and adolescent health, cultural adaptation and identity, injury prevention, stress and health, quantitative issues and their application in health, and many others.

Health Psychology (Psychology, Ph.D.)


Description


What is Health Psychology at ODU like?

The Health Psychology (HP) concentration in the Psychology Ph.D. program at ODU provides education, research opportunities, and other relevant experiences around applications of psychology in health, health behavior, and environments that affect health. Health Psychology research and doctoral training addresses a range of focus areas, including alcohol and substance misuse, family and adolescent health, cultural adaptation and identity, injury prevention, stress and health, quantitative issues and their application in health, and many others.

Program Highlights


What makes Health Psychology at ODU unique?

  • Doctoral training using a mentor model, which emphasizes close collaboration with and accessibility of faculty mentors.

  • Students are actively involved in the entire range of research activities, including research design, collection and analysis of data, grant proposals, publication and dissemination of results.

  • A breadth of coursework with research and applied experiences.

  • ODU is a medium-sized university with a personal feel, but has the research opportunities often found at larger universities.

  • Students frequently present their research at national and international conferences and publish in professional journals. 

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary

$85,050

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Psychologists, All Other

$93,440

MEDIAN SALARY


All psychologists not listed separately.

Biostatisticians

$88,980

MEDIAN SALARY


Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

$83,230

MEDIAN SALARY


All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Sentara Healthcare, Booz Allen Hamilton, Optima Health, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Homeward, Universities

Courses


What are some courses offered in Health Psychology at ODU?

PSYC 833:
Grant and Manuscript Writing


The course is designed: (1) to teach students to write article-length scholarly manuscripts in APA format of publishable quality, and (2) to teach students the critical components of grant applications. By the end of this course, each student will have prepared a manuscript that is ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal and have completed sections of a federal grant application. Prerequisites: admission to the doctoral program in psychology and completion of master's thesis, or permission of instructor.

PSYC 844:
Program Evaluation


This course is designed to introduce students to the field of program evaluation as well as to give students practical experience conducting a program evaluation. Students will get experience creating and conducting qualitative and quantitative assessments. A course goal is to work in small groups to conduct a program evaluation. Prerequisites: PSYC 727/PSYC 827 and PSYC 728/PSYC 828 (or current enrollment).

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Health Psychology at ODU?

Students entering the Doctor of Philosophy program in Health Psychology should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • The Department of Psychology Ph.D. programs admit students with at least a bachelor's degree.

  • Official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. 

  • Official transcripts of all prior academic work. 

  • Three reference letters, at least two of which are from former college/university teachers or research supervisors. 

  • A brief statement outlining personal goals, academic objectives, a preferred mentor, and rationale for fit with the program and mentor’s research program. 

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit a writing sample. 

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR


Name:

James Paulson Ph.D. (Health Psychology)


Location:

244B MILLS GODWIN BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4222


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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