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Top Schools for Health Psychology

Health psychology examines the effect of psychological factors, such as social context and behavior, on mental and physical health, as well as illness. Universities and colleges offer health psychology instruction through master's and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs.

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Top Health Psychology Schools

1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University has seven schools, including business, education, medicine and humanities. Its Department of Psychology was ranked first and its developmental psychology program seventh by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. Rank was determined through a peer survey of schools with psychology Ph.D. programs. The Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization track in health and development. The program includes courses in different areas of psychology, such as personality, cognitive neuroscience and abnormal, along with courses in how infants develop cognitive skills.

2. University of California, Los Angeles

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), founded in 1919, counts Nobel Laureates among its current and past faculty, as well as its alumni. It was ranked third by Washington Monthly on its 2010 list of top national universities, which considers research, service and social mobility. It was 11th in the Times Higher Education 2010 World University Rankings, which rates schools on their academic and research reputations. The Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in Health Psychology, which focuses on research. UCLA's research program involves both healthy populations and individuals with illnesses in an effort to understand how disease can affect mental health.

3. University of Michigan - Dearborn

Established in 1959, the University of Michigan - Dearborn has over 7,000 undergrad and 1,600 grad students. In 2011, it was ranked among the best public master's-level colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. Its Behavioral Science Department offers a Master of Science in Health Psychology, which has a research and theory focus. Students take courses in statistics, methodology, ethics, psychological risk factors that contribute to illness and coping with stress.

Highly Rated Schools for Health Psychology

School Name Distinction Location
University of Wisconsin - Madison Is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science Madison, WI
University of California, Los Angeles Offers predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in health psychology Los Angeles, CA
California State University Psychology department is involved with the Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies Long Beach, CA
Texas State University Offers clinical or research master's in health psychology San Marcos, TX
Stanford University On-campus nursery school allows for child development study Stanford, CA
Saint Louis University Faculty research covers sports psychology and eating disorders St. Louis, MO
Santa Clara University Has dual focus on health psychology and counseling Santa Clara, CA
University of Michigan Prepares graduates to work in clinical psychology or primary care settings Dearborn, MI
La Salle University Psy.D. program features 2-year practicum and 1-year internship Philadelphia, PA
Rutgers University Research grants of $6 million for Department of Psychology Camden, NJ
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