New Minor Offers Psychology Background for Health-Related Disciplines
During the spring 2016 semester, the department announced a new Clinical and Health Psychology minor that emphasizes the health and illness aspects of psychology. This minor is designed for students planning a career in nursing, speech therapy, kinesiology, public health or other health-related disciplines. Students following a pre-medical track will also find this program useful since it provides coverage of the psychology topics in the new MCAT exam. Earning this minor also compliments graduate school applications, while building a foundation for graduate level coursework. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be equipped to apply this knowledge to real world situations in the healthcare field. Obtaining the Clinical and Health Psychology minor involves the successful completion of seven courses, including two advanced clinical or health psychology electives. Students will take required courses in health psychology, psychopathology, and statistics, while electives include courses on the development of mental disorders in childhood and psychopharmacological approaches to treating mental illness. This coming year, the department is offering a variety of new options including a course focusing on how social factors affect one’s well-being, and a course that provides background in the clinical assessment and treatment of neuropsychological disorders.