Health/medical psychology looks at how health and illness, including recovery, is affected by various conditions, such as physical, behavioral, and social. Do outside factors contribute to our health and/or medical conditions? If so, how, and to what severity? A degree in health/medical psychology can provide answers to these questions and more.
The curriculum of a health/medical psychology program includes instruction in a number of areas, including abnormal psychology, social psychology, psychophysiology, clinical and behavioral therapies, clinical procedures and assessment, preventive education, rehabilitation processes, and methods of research. Most health/medical psychology programs are offered at the Master's or Doctorate level. Colleges that do offer a Bachelor's degree generally do so in the form of a Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology. College courses are held in various settings, such as typical classroom settings or computer labs. Most programs require research in the field, which can occur in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, or social services offices.A number of career opportunities exist for the health/medical psychology major. Positions as community health educators, health treatment coordinators, or psychological research assistants are examples of entry level possibilities. Other places to find open positions include rehabilitation centers, nonprofit organizations, medical centers, or universities.