Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Psychology

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 16
Online: 8 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Lead and Influence Community Health

Advance your understanding of the psychology of health and wellness by studying the influences on physical and mental well-being through our Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Psychology. This program is an excellent supplement for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, social work, integrated health, nursing, counseling or related fields.

Offered through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this health psychology certificate can help you explore the relationship between mental, social and psychological environments that affect community health and wellness. Study biological and social factors that influence health and illness, learn ways to assist diverse individuals or groups to prevent illness and promote healthy behaviors.

Degree Outcomes

Improve Health and Affect Change

Through a deeper understanding of health psychology, you study the impact of personal lifestyle choices on behavior. You also explore and apply current research to health-related issues. Current policies, survey design and the grant writing process are introduced.

At the forefront of the health psychology certificate program is understanding the impact stress, nutrition, alternative medicine and illness can have on the body and mind. The health psychology certificate program helps you improve your research and critical thinking skills by both exploring and formulating your own conclusions to instigate positive changes in communities.

What You Will Learn

Study Physical and Mental Behaviors that Influence Health

Course topics include:

  • Health and wellness support and prevention programs
  • Substance abuse
  • Lifestyle factors (diet, exercise and safety)
  • Community health prevention and care
  • Public policy (current and future)

Career Outcomes

Explore Research and Patient Care Opportunities

This Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Psychology is an excellent supplement to a previously earned graduate degree in psychology or health care fields. The program can also further employment opportunities conducting research or working with patients in hospitals, health care clinics, universities, private organizations and government agencies.

Program Domains

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course explores the promotion of health behaviors at the individual and community level. A special focus is on prevention programs and utilization of media to impact health behaviors. Factors contributing to successful prevention programs will be analyzed and program evaluation techniques will be demonstrated. Successful survey design techniques will be introduced and the current trends in health psychology will be explored.

Course Description

This course examines a variety of factors related to wellness and includes a focus on substance use and abuse, nutrition, weight control, diet, exercise and safety. An exploration of lifestyles factors related to promoting health and wellness across the lifespan is assessed as well as effective coaching for health and wellness.

Course Description

This course examines health and prevention at the community level. This course examines the implementation of community wide change through intervention, prevention and program evaluation. Students will explore current research related to topics relevant to Community Psychology.

Course Description

This course examines the future of Health Psychology with an emphasis on understanding current public policy and implementing changes in this sector. Careers related to Health Psychology and issues and controversies that impact the field are investigated.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program's published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution's catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who started the program in the same year and then graduated within the published program length.

Online and Evening program disclosures (9 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.