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Health Psychology Minor

Psychology
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 21
The undergraduate minor in health psychology comprises an empirical foundation in the discipline along with an emphasis in health psychology as it pertains to psychopathology, stress, and trauma and health-related behaviors. The health psychology minor courses provide students with knowledge in a vital field within the discipline of psychology. The leading health concerns in our world have substantial behavioral components, making the study of health psychology highly relevant for pre-health science students, health care professionals, and students pursuing human and social services.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
Prospective minors are strongly encouraged to complete PSY 3801 (or a Department of Psychology approved equivalent) prior to formally declaring the minor.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Minor Requirements
Courses without a PSY designator, or transfer PSY courses may be approved for use in minor requirements with specific approval of Psychology Undergraduate Advising. At least 9 upper-division psychology credits in the major must be taken at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. Students may not earn a BA or BS in psychology and a health psychology minor. Students may combine the health psychology minor with the BA or the BS in child psychology, but not both. Note: Declaring the minor does not guarantee admittance into required courses. Students are responsible for securing a seat in required courses.
Required Foundation Courses
Take exactly 3 course(s) from the following:
· PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 1001H - Honors Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 3801H - Honors Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3001W - Introduction to Research Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
or PSY 3001V - Honors Introduction to Research Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
Upper-Level PSY Courses
Take exactly 3 course(s) from the following:
· PSY 3604 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3206 - Introduction to Health Psychology (3.0 cr)
· PSY 4521 - Psychology of Stress and Trauma (3.0 cr)
 
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PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
PSY 1001H - Honors Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology. prereq: Honors
PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01316 - Psy 3801/Psy 3801H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive/basic inferential statistics used in psychology. Measures of central tendency, variability, t tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, regression, confidence intervals, effect sizes. Psychological measurement. Graphical data presentation. Statistical software. prereq: High school algebra, [PSY 1001 or equiv]; intended for students who plan to major in psychology
PSY 3801H - Honors Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01316 - Psy 3801/Psy 3801H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Descriptive/basic inferential statistics in psychology. Measures of central tendency, variability, t tests, one-way ANOVA, correlation, regression, confidence intervals, effect sizes. Psychological measurement. Graphical data presentation. Statistical software. prereq: [1001 or equiv], high school algebra, honors; intended for students who plan to major in psychology
PSY 3001W - Introduction to Research Methods (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01269
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Concepts/procedures used to conduct/evaluate research, especially in social sciences. Benefits/limitations of traditional research methods. Evaluating scientific claims. prereq: [1001, [2801 or 3801 or equiv]] or dept consent
PSY 3001V - Honors Introduction to Research Methods (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01269 - Psy 3001W/Psy 3005W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts/procedures used to conduct/evaluate research, especially in social sciences. Benefits/limitations of traditional research methods. Evaluating scientific claims. prereq: [1001, [2081/3801 or equiv]]or dept consent, PSY major, honors student
PSY 3604 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00083 - Madr 3604/Psy 3604/Psy 5604
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Diagnosis, classification, etiologies of behavioral disorders. prereq: 1001
PSY 3206 - Introduction to Health Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02593 - Madr 3206/Psy 3206
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theories/research in health psychology. Bi-directional relationships between psychological factors and physical health. Stress/coping, adjustment to chronic illness. Psychological factors in etiology/course of disease. Health behavior change. prereq: 1001
PSY 4521 - Psychology of Stress and Trauma
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course covers the major theories and research findings related to stress and trauma, including the effects of stress and trauma on mental and physical health, factors related to more effective coping with stress/trauma and interventions designed to decrease the negative effects of stress and trauma. The course focuses on both research methods and personal application of research findings. prereq: PSY 1001 and 3001W