Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Research

Program Learning Outcomes for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Research

Upon completing the PhD degree in the field of Psychology and a major concentration in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Research, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the theoretical tools necessary to carry out independent research in health psychology.
  2. Apply the methodological and statistical tools necessary to carry out independent research in health psychology.
  3. Conduct a focused literature review tied to an independent research question, design and run a health research study, and write up the results in an APA formatted paper.
  4. Communicate and defend their research designs and modeling choices when presenting papers and presentations.
  5. Write an independent and original dissertation that is of sufficient quality to merit publication in a top journal within the field of health psychology.

Requirements for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Psychology 

MA Degree Program

The MA degree is a thesis master’s degree. For general university requirements, please see Thesis Master’s Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Although students are not normally admitted to study for an MA in Psychology, graduate students may earn the MA degree after obtaining approval of their candidacy for the PhD. For general university requirements for PhD degrees, please see Doctoral Degrees. For both MA and PhD degrees, students must complete a research thesis, including a public oral defense. Required coursework is determined by the student’s major concentration. Students must complete an admission-to-candidacy procedure to establish their expertise in their chosen major concentration. Competence in a foreign language is not required. 

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the MA Degree in the field of Psychology30

Requirements for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology 

PhD Degree Program

For general university requirements, please see Doctoral Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. In addition, students pursuing the PhD degree in the field of Psychology must:  

  • Complete all coursework with a minimum grade of B- (2.67 grade points) in each required course.
  • Complete all of the course requirements in their major concentration.
  • Successfully complete and present the first-year project in May of the first year.
  • Successfully complete and present the second-year project in May of the second year.
  • Write and defend a thesis. The thesis committee must be in the area of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Research and be overseen by a Psychology faculty member affiliated with the Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Research Major Concentration.

Students who have not previously completed a master's degree in Psychology or a related field, must successfully defend a master’s thesis and earn the MA degree in Psychology. Students who come to Rice with a master's degree in a related field can be exempted from this requirement.

Summary 

Total Credit Hours Required for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Research90

Degree Requirements for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology and a Major Concentration in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine Research

Core Requirements
PSYC 502 / STAT 509ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS I4
PSYC 503 / STAT 510ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS II3
PSYC 520FOUNDATIONS OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 532HEALTH RESEARCH SEMINAR1-3
PSYC 546PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY3
or PSYC 586 SOCIAL AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE
PSYC 547FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 550FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
Statistical Requirements
Select 1 course from the following:
PSYC 507RESEARCH METHODS3
PSYC 601MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS3
PSYC 602PSYCHOMETRICS3
Professional Issues
PSYC 660PROFESSIONAL ISSUES3
Elective Requirements 1
Select 3 courses from the following:
PSYC 511HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 546PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY3
PSYC 586SOCIAL AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE3
PSYC 630ADVANCED TOPICS IN I/O3
PSYC 631FOUNDATIONS OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES3
PSYC 636ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 651TOPICS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
First-Year Project
Second-Year Project
Thesis Requirement
Additional Coursework as Approved by Department
Total Credit HoursMinimum of 90

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology 

Department of Psychological Sciences Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum.  As an additional resource for students, the department of Pyschological Sciences publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: https://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2019_20/Psychology_Graduate_Handbook.pdf 

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Psychological Sciences website: https://psychology.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the PhD Degree in the field of Psychology 

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Psychological Sciences website: https://psychology.rice.edu/