Master of Arts in Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology


(All courses are 3 credits)


ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity and Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

PSY 5130 Life Span Development
This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

PSY 5420 Principles of Social Psychology
This course provides an introduction and overview of the principles and theories of social psychology. The course includes exploration of behavior in groups, group impacts on individual behavior and the ways in which organizational rules and norms impact behavior. Constructs of social psychology, including social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation are covered and related to sociological and psychological research.

PSY 6290 Learning Theory & Behavioral Applications
This course surveys traditional areas of learning theory, including classical and instrumental conditioning paradigms, motivation, reinforcement variables, stimulus discrimination, generalization and transfer, habituation, and memory. Also reviewed are models of social learning theory, modeling, and behavioral rehearsal. Behavioral approaches to therapy that focus on modifying specific, observable behaviors, using the principles of learning theory such as systematic desensitization, cognitive-behavioral approaches, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods  
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of
particular studies.

RES 5400 Understanding, Interpreting, & Applying Statistical Concepts
This course teaches students how to critically analyze, interpret, and apply statistical concepts to research in education and the social sciences. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are also addressed focusing on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and to apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and realistic situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice & Law
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting practicing professionals. Topics related to ethics, standards of practice, and professional conduct are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision-making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision-making. Students also examine the professional code of ethics for their professional discipline.

ORG 6340 Critical Issues in the Health of the Nation  
This course provides a broad perspective on the health of our nation and the world. It explores the nature of health problems; the cost to individuals, systems, and organizations as well as effective interventions and prevention strategies. Students will study research on determinants of health - social, psychological, physical, and environmental, causes of death and disability, impact of legislation, health benefit plans and designs, diverse healthcare delivery systems. Students will analyze the impact on the cost of health care, productivity, and profitability of businesses and communities. In addition, national and global health issues, cultural differences, and successful intervention strategies will be examined. These critical issues will be used to make the case for the importance and efficacy of health promotion programs designed to improve the health of individuals, communities, and organizations.

ORG 6343 Intervention Strategies in Wellness Programs  
This course explores the various methodologies for assessing the needs of target populations through health risk assessments, biometric health screenings, medical insurance data, culture audits, and health interest surveys whose focus is to select appropriate interventions. Interventions covered will include organizational changes, integration of wellness initiatives with various departments and functions, utilizing current research, as well as health education and behavioral strategies. Efficacy of intervention strategies will be explored in terms of their ability to improve lifestyle, mental health, and enhanced organizational performance. Additional issues to be explored include information on our aging workforce, medical consumerism, and prevention of relapses. Students learn to prioritize and tailor the various interventions for organizations and will plan for involving a population in the health promotion interventions.

ORG 6346 Best Practices in Health Promotion Management  
This course provides students with the critical design elements necessary to plan a wellness program that incorporates best practices. The course explores best practices in the development of an operating plan, including achieving upper management support by building a strong research-based foundation, collecting relevant data, creating wellness teams, devising a vision and mission for the program, and choosing appropriate interventions. In addition, the learners are introduced to the following principles: developing a marketing and communication plan, a program delivery system, an evaluation and reporting system, and strategies to build alliances within the organization that support program integration.

ORG 6504 Leadership & Management
This course is an overview of essential principles and current issues in leadership and management theory and practice. Students explore the evolutionary progress of leadership and management theories and practices from early in the industrial age to the present. Students learn to distinguish effective management and leadership practices for different organizations and operating environments. This class will examine systematic approaches to leadership in the context of organizational culture and interpersonal factors such as leadership ethics, organizational mission, individual motivation, leadership power, organizational strategy, and team performance.

ORG 6354 Communication Methods & Technologies in Health Promotion 
This course covers the complex issues in communicating health information and providing health coaching to participants in the program. The curriculum explores the broad range of communication techniques from one-on-one models to tailored internet programs. The course evaluates the individual strategies vs. group support strategies and technology-based options such as social networks. Students distinguish which communication methodologies work best in particular organizations, taking into account target populations and influencing factors such as differing demographics, organizational cultures, and available technology.

ORG 6358 Evaluating the Impact of Health Promotion Interventions*  
This course examines various means for tracking the costs of disease and injuries to businesses, assessing the severity of health issues and documenting the benefits to organizations from effective health promotion interventions. Students will research the impact of health issues on business, such as medical and prescription costs, absenteeism, disability, and productivity. This course explores various tools to measure the severity of health problems such as health risk assessments, biometric screenings, and culture audits. Students learn how the raw data from various parts of the organization can be applied to track the impact of the program on individuals, departments, and the organization's bottom line. Topics include quantitative and qualitative outcome measures and tools to measure ROI (return on investment, other financial metrics, and key indicators). Prerequisite: completion of all required coursework.

Total Credits 39

*This course may not be transferred in.

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