Health Psychology


Effective 1 June 2018 through 31 May 2019

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18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Psychology Department. It is available at the St. Louis home campus and at the Geneva campus.

For information on general requirements for a minor, see Academic Policies and Procedures.

Program Description

The health psychology minor is appropriate for students who wish to explore the application of psychology to the field of health.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the field of health psychology.
  • Implement the use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific approach to examine problems related to psychology. 
  • Discuss the factors contributing to diversity, multiculturalism and inequality with an international context.

Special Requirements

In addition to the general University requirements for a minor:

  • The health psychology minor can be earned by students completing the BA and BS in psychology provided they do not count any of the 18 hours listed under the required minor course list towards the major. This restriction does not apply to the prerequisite course list.
  • Students who transfer any required course for the minor (e.g., PSYC 3125) must take an additional 3 credit hour PSYC elective per substitution at Webster University. A maximum of two such substitutions are permitted.

Prerequisite Courses

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)

Required Courses

  • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4650 Physiological Psychology (3 hours)

Elective Courses

12 credit hours from the following courses:

  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3150 Positive Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3625 Motivation and Emotion (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3725 Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4400 Human Sexuality (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency (3 hours)