Study and Career Opportunitiesby Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN | June 8, 2006
There are several pathways to becoming health psychologist; however, those wishing to undergo board certification should consult the American Board of Clinical Health Psychology. There are two lines of graduate programs available: masters and doctoral programs. They include courses in research methods, statistics, introductory and abnormal psychology, pain management, mind-body connection, health care management, stress and illness, physiological psychology, psychopharmacology and several other elective options. PhD programs additionally involve extensive doctoral coursework and a substantial dissertation.
Several other careers in health related fields incorporate biopsychosocial principles, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Osteopathic medicine
- Occupational therapy
- Dietitians and nutritionists
- Social workers
- Public health researchers
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