Top Schools for Health Psychology

Learn about programs in health psychology, which examine the effects of behavior, social context and other factors on mental and physical health. Read about the graduate options at three top-notch schools, and find a list of other universities that provide training for health psychologists.

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School Overview

Degree programs in health psychology can lead to a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), with the latter available at both Stanford University and the University of California in Los Angeles. The three schools featured below, which also include the University of Michigan in Dearborn, has previously been cited by U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly or Times Higher Education for the quality of their academic programs.

Top U.S. Schools with Health Psychology Programs

1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

The Department of Psychology at Stanford University ranked first in the nation, as well as seventh for its developmental psychology program, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2009. Rank was determined through a peer survey of schools with Ph.D. in Psychology programs. The Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in health and development. The program includes courses in abnormal or personality psychology and cognitive neuroscience; students also learn how infants develop cognitive skills.

2. University of California, Los Angeles

The University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) ranked third on Washington Monthly's list of top national universities for 2010, which takes into account research, service and social mobility. Additionally, the university placed 11th on Times Higher Education's 'World University Rankings' for 2010, which rates schools on their academic and research reputations. The Department of Psychology offers a research-based Ph.D. in Health Psychology; areas of investigation include both healthy populations and individuals with illnesses in an effort to understand how disease can affect mental health. Alumni and current and past faculty at the university include Nobel laureates.

3. University of Michigan - Dearborn

The University of Michigan in Dearborn ranked among the best Midwestern public colleges at the master's-level by U.S. News & World Report in 2011. Its Behavioral Science Department offers a Master of Science in Health Psychology program which emphasizes research and theory. Once enrolled, students take courses in statistics, methodology and ethics, as well learn about the psychological risk factors that contribute to illness and how individuals can cope with stress.

Highly Rated Schools for Health Psychology

School Name Distinction Location
University of Wisconsin - Madison Member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science Madison, WI
University of California, Los Angeles 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 Master's degree program in health psychology offers a clinical or research option 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 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 has a 2-year practicum and 1-year internship Philadelphia, PA
Rutgers University Research grants of $6 million for the Department of Psychology Camden, NJ
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