Health Psychology Certificate

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Psychology

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Earn Your Health Psychology Graduate Certificate Online

Psychological and behavioral factors can significantly influence a person’s physical health and wellbeing. The specialization of health psychology examines how social factors, behavior, psychology and biology come together to shape health and illness. You can study this fascinating field with the Graduate Certificate of Completion in Health Psychology. The health psychology certificate, offered online at Grand Canyon University, may serve as a supplemental career qualification for working professionals who have a background in counseling, psychology, nursing or social work.

Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the health psychology graduate-level certificate program examines the psychological, social and behavioral factors that affect individual and community health. Students will develop an understanding of how best to promote the behaviors that lead to positive health outcomes. Effective coaching practices for individuals are examined, along with the promotion of community-wide change.

Study Physical and Mental Behaviors That Influence Health

Explore the intersection of physical, mental and behavioral health. Benefit from the insightful lectures of fully qualified instructors, and from the diverse perspectives of your peers. Earn your health psychology graduate certificate by taking evening courses at GCU’s campus. This program is also available via our dynamic online learning platform, which is fully interactive and intuitive. The program requires a total of 16 credits for completion. Online courses are eight weeks in length.

Students will examine the spectrum of personal lifestyle choices, including those pertaining to nutrition, physical activity and safety matters. There is an emphasis on the latest evidence-based research to shed light on health issues and inform modern practices. Students will also explore the fundamentals of survey design, public policy and the grant writing process in the healthcare field. In courses such as Health and Wellness, Community Health and Promotion of Health Behaviors, students will examine the following topic areas:

  • The use of preventive programs and media tools to affect health behaviors at the individual and community-wide level
  • The lifestyle factors that impact wellness, with a particular focus on exercise, nutrition, substance abuse and weight control
  • Intervention, prevention and program evaluation for the implementation of community-wide programs that support health and illness prevention

Students will also explore the future of health psychology. The curriculum examines current public policy, careers in this field and related issues and controversies.

Explore Research and Patient Care Opportunities with a Graduate Certificate in Health Psychology

Health psychologists can work in a range of settings. Clinical health psychologists often work one-on-one with patients, helping them adopt healthy behaviors and reduce their risk of illnesses. Some health psychologists focus their careers on research, such as by exploring causes of health problems and how best to help patients who are struggling with illnesses or pain. Some health psychologists may do public policy work, either in agency settings or governmental organizations. They may advise on health care reform or address inequalities in health care.

This health psychology graduate certificate may serve as a supplement for currently active psychology or nursing professionals. It may enhance career opportunities and enable graduates to focus their work in their area of interest. It may also prepare learners to pursue an advanced degree.

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Total Credits: 16
Online: 8 weeks
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The University will accept one course of the total certificate requirements in transfer.
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Course List

16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

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 the implementation of community-wide change through intervention, prevention, advocacy, outreach, and program evaluation, which moves beyond the individual focus. Students explore foundational competencies for addressing community problems and implementing community psychology practice. A focus is placed on 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.


GCU Online Student

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 Evening Student

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.

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

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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