Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology

School of Arts and Sciences

At the intersection of healthcare and behavioral science, health psychology is a diverse course of study leading to a wide range of professional career options.

Integrating Psychology with Broader Healthcare Knowledge

As a health psychology undergraduate, you will gain pivotal insights into behavioral, emotional, and cognitive factors that influence human health and social institutions—ideal preparation for fields ranging from traditional psychology, public health, and research to child life specialist, law, and architecture. Throughout your course of study, you will build a foundation in psychology as well as knowledge of healthcare issues from fields such as sociology, law, ethics, literature, history, and healthcare administration. You also will receive rigorous preparation in the basic sciences and liberal arts and training in research methods and statistics. Our four-year program in health psychology—one of only a handful in the US—takes place on our Boston campus and starts in the fall.

Your Four-Year Journey

Our in-depth curriculum combines biological, psychological, social science, and humanities coursework with career exploration and professional development.

First-Year Experience

  • form connections with members of the MCPHS community and develop strategies for success
  • learn about the breadth and applications of psychology
  • explore the ways in which biological, psychological, and social factors influence health and well-being

Second-Year Experience

  • develop the ability to critically evaluate and synthesize research to make evidence-informed decisions
  • deepen knowledge of psychological concepts related to the biological bases of behavior, human growth and development, and well-being
  • explore, compare, and develop strategies to succeed in careers of interest

Third-Year Experience

  • learn to design research and report findings
  • learn about healthcare ethics and the rights of medical patients
  • identify interesting career opportunities for individuals with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees

Fourth-Year Experience

  • gain experience in a career of interest through field placement and prepare for job and/or graduate school applications
  • identify various ways behaviors, thoughts, and emotions contribute to health and well-being through courses such as stress and illness, mind-body medicine, and nutrition and health
  • explore a topic of interest from biopsychosocial perspective

The Future of Healthcare is Interdisciplinary

Interprofessional education (IPE) is a way of life at MCPHS.
Students participating in an Interprofessional Education event.

Change Lives and Solve Real-World Problems

Training in health psychology gives you a wide range of integrated skills and career options for helping people live more productive and satisfying lives. It also equips you to collaborate and lead effectively in any professional setting or endeavor.

$81,040 median salary

for psychologists according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021

MCPHS: A healthcare think tank

Learning psychology at a university dedicated to the advancement of healthcare means that you are surrounded by peers who share your commitment to making a healthier world.

#1 university in the U.S. for earning power

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College rankings for 2018 put MCPHS graduates on top.

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MCPHS Professor Wins Grant for Environmental Enrichment Research

Psychology professor Amanda Kentner has been awarded a grant by the National Institutes for Health for her research in environmental enrichment—research especially relevant in the time of COVID.

Health Psychology Pathways to Healthcare Professions

If you have not yet earned your bachelor’s degree, we offer accelerated undergraduate-to-graduate options. In all cases, you must participate in the graduate school application and interview process to be considered for admission to one of our graduate programs.

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology—Premedical Track (BS)

Four-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology — Occupational Therapy Pathway (BS/MSOT)

Five-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology — Physical Therapy Pathway (BS/DPT)

Six-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.

Bachelor of Science — Master of Arts in Psychology Pathway (BS/MA)

Four-year, full-time program on the Boston campus. If accepted, students then continue their education with two to three years of graduate study at William James College in Newton, MA.