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Graduate Degree Programs

Psychology: Health Psychology

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Senel Poyrazli, Ph.D.
School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Penn State Harrisburg
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
Phone: 717-948-6040
Fax: 717-948-6519

The graduate certificate in Psychology: Health Psychology is wellness oriented and is intended to prepare counselors to work in either a mental health or medical setting. This program of study enhances mental health professionals' skills in developing prevention programs, and in providing services for individuals and families coping with death, traumatic injuries, and chronic or terminal illnesses as well as general mental health concerns.

The graduate certificate in Psychology: Health Psychology requires taking four courses (12 credits) -- three required courses and one elective course.

Admission Requirements

Students must have obtained a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in clinical or counseling psychology, or be concurrently enrolled as a degree student in Penn State Harrisburg's Applied Clinical Psychology master's degree program. For students currently enrolled in the master's program in Applied Clinical Psychology at Penn State Harrisburg, the certificate will be awarded upon completion of the 12 credits required for the certificate. The certificate cannot be awarded prior to completion of the master's degree. Course work counting for a graduate or undergraduate degree may not also be used to fulfill the requirements for the certificate.



  • 514. Preventive Psychology (3)
  • 515. Clinical Health Psychology (3)
  • 516. Child Health Psychology (3)



  • 500. Ethics and Professional Practice in Psychology and Counseling (3)
  • 501. Multicultural Counseling (3)
  • 572. Neuropsychological Assessment (3)
  • 594. Research Project (3)
  • 595B. Clinical Internship (3)


  • 505. Foundations of Career Development and Counseling Information (3)

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Effective Date: Fall Semester 2003
Expiration Date: Summer Session 2016

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-07-078

Review Date: 06/12/2012


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