Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology / Health Psychology
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD-Psy) program was designed in response to the growing interest in psychology as a discipline of study and the need for advanced studies, including research beyond the master's level. This degree program emphasizes theory, research, and scholarship, culminating in a dissertation.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program in Health Psychology at Northcentral University is designed to familiarize you with the latest theory, research and practice in the field of health psychology, and will help prepare you to become a leader who has the ability to bring about positive changes to health in today’s diverse communities. As a health psychology student, you will explore the important interaction between the body and the mind, and the factors that influence physical and psychological health, such as stress and nutrition. You will also explore complementary and alternative medical approaches, and address important issues such as eating disorders and medical compliance. Through the Applied Experiential Approach to learning, you will be challenged to develop your own solutions to today’s psychosocial health problems as you conduct research related to health psychology.
After graduation, you may serve as a health consultant to hospitals or agencies, help individuals develop healthy lifestyles, or provide the psychological perspective to a team of health care providers. Whether you choose one of these fields, or one of the many other fascinating careers open to health psychologists, by working One-to-One with the doctoral faculty at NCU, you can be assured that you receive the feedback and support you need to excel in your field and contribute to your profession and community.


  • Applicants must have a conferred master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended
  • A current resume

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).