John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences

Masters of Science In Health Psychology

The Master of Science in Health Psychology degree program prepares students to address the  relationships between physical and mental health. This program prepares students for jobs and doctoral programs that emphasize mental and physical illness prevention, health promotion and strategies to identify and address health disparities.

  • It is an excellent precursor for those students who would like to pursue a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in health psychology or clinical psychology.
  • Some coursework is offered on campus, while other courses are provided online.
  • Classes are currently taught in-person during the day and evening, with plans to add online and hybrid classes next year.


M.S. in Health Psychology Curriculum Guide



  • A Statement of Interest is required (used to assess interest and writing skills).

Program Highlights

Graduates will be prepared for a doctoral program in health, clinical and other subspecialties and for a variety of employment opportunities:

  • Behavioral health case manager
  • Survey specialist
  • Research associate
  • Neuropsychological associates
  • Psychometrists
  • Behavioral health evaluators
  • Community health worker
  • Research consultants
  • Behavioral health science writers



Application deadline date: For Fall admission - July 1
For additional information contact:
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Phyllis Ford-Booker
Phone: (336) 285-2269
Main Office: (336) 285-2267



Program Courses

  • Foundations of Health Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Ethics and Equity in Health Psychology
  • Multicultural Frameworks in Preventive
  • Psychology of Health Intervention
  • Applied Neuropsychology and Applied Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Health
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Health Promotion and Wellness across
  • Data Analytics for Behavioral Sciences
  • Community Health
  • Health and Aging
  • Research Methods for Behavioral Sciences
  • Qualitative Research Methods for
  • Special Topics in Health Psychology
  • Practicum

Application, including a $65 fee

A bachelor’s degree in psychology, or a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with 12 credit hours of psychology courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, including at least one introductory statistics course and one research methods course

Minimum 3.0 GPA in the bachelor's degree program

Official transcripts

Three recommendations

A personal statement of interest

English language proficiency for non-native speakers (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS or PTE)

The GRE is not required