North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a historically Black educational institution in East Greensboro, has announced that it will offer a new master’s degree program in health psychology through the College of Health and Human Sciences.
The new two-year program is designed to provide the foundational knowledge and skills for students to work in the health psychology field. The first students are expected to enroll in the program in the fall of 2021. The new degree program will have an initial cohort of about 15 students with plans to grow enrollment to an average of 35 to 45 students over the next few years.
George Robinson, chair of the psychology department at the university, stated that “the STEM-oriented degree will make us more competitive while seeking federal and other research funding. Additionally, the research and internship opportunities already offered to undergraduate students will now be at a higher level, with graduate students in the psychology department.”
Students who graduate with a master’s degree in health psychology will be prepared for a career as health program director, health research associate, behavioral health data analyst, neuropsychology technician, community health educator, or community college professor.
Graduates of the program may go on to pursue doctoral degrees in clinical health psychology, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, community health psychology, and related fields.