Psychobiology of Healing (Graduate Certificate)
Offered by the Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, the psychobiology of healing certificate program provides a thorough understanding of the science of healing and the therapeutic mechanisms that elicit healing responses. Through understanding the application of scientific method to the evaluation of integrative healing strategies, students will be prepared to design clinical trials, evaluate the scientific data from these trials, and discern the clinical potential of healing methodologies. In studying the psychobiology of healing, students will learn the mechanism of action of healing strategies. This program also provides a thorough review of the historical and scientific developments in the field of healing and enhances students' knowledge of health as well as holistic, integrative, and other lifestyle modalities for preventing and recovering from illnesses and for sustaining well-being.
Admission to the Program
Applicants to the certificate program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. In addition, applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose and two letters of recommendation. International students whose first language is not English must have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (100 on the Internet-based test).
- 16 credit hours of approved coursework with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above, with grades of C or better. Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit.
Required (13 credit hours)
- HFIT-560 Health Promotion in Health care (3)
- PSYC-568 Alternative Medicine (3)
- PSYC-670 Behavioral Medicine (3)
- PSYC-690 Independent Study Project in Psychology (1-6) (4 credit hours required)