About this Program

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

  • 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. 

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Philosophy
Delivery Modes


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

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

$83,230 Median Salary

All social scientists and related workers not listed separately.

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.


$88,980 Median Salary

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

Alumni Careers

Sentara Healthcare
Booz Allen Hamilton
Optima Health
National Highway Traffic Safety Association


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. 


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 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
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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


Associate Professor

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