Master of Arts in Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology, Health and Wellness Psychology

Courses

(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

ORG 6300 Human Development  
This course explores the major theories of adult development related to emotions, personality, cognitive functioning, social and family influences, and physical functioning. Current theoretical approaches and research related to adult development are emphasized as well as practical applications in the therapy setting.

ORG 5270 Mental Health & Psychopathology in the Workplace  
This course acquaints the student with both normal and abnormal behavior evident in the workplace. The focus of the course is creating a healthy culture in the workplace, maintaining a healthy work/life balance, and managing stress. In addition, students learn the common mental disorders and personality disorders manifested in an organizational setting and how to exercise leadership to bring about positive change.

ORG 6530 Theories & Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy  
This course is an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and existential/humanistic schools of psychology, as well as corresponding models of counseling and frequently used assessment and therapeutic techniques. The primary focus in the course is on the development of both skills and rationale in the application of intervention strategies to treatment and case management.

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.

ORG 6405 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.

ORG 5400 Statistics & Research Design
This course emphasizes statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. 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 addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life 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 the practicing psychologist. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations 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 master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association. 

ORG 6350 Wellness Program Leadership  
This course is designed to integrate theory and practice necessary to manage a wellness program as part of a larger organization. Learners will gain insight into the mindset of business norms and cultures, in addition to gaining skills in leading high-functioning teams and project management. Course content emphasizes a critical thinking approach to overall organizational performance and the impact of team and group dynamics on that performance. The course further examines the interdependence of team dynamics, team leadership, and organizational cultures.

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 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).

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits 39

* This course may not be transferred in.

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