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Health psychology has new certificate program

by Karen A. Grava - March 13, 2006

A new certificate program in occupational health psychology was approved by the Board of Trustees on March 1.

It will be offered by the Department of Psychology in collaboration with the School of Medicine.

The program “will provide students with an interdisciplinary background in psychological and occupational health sciences that will enable them to conduct research and oversee workplace interventions in occupational health psychology,” said Provost Peter J. Nicholls.

“It will improve the quality of working life and enhance the safety, health, and well-being of workers.”

The program is not a new degree, but rather will provide graduates with a certificate in occupational health psychology to complement their major, he said.

The certificate will allow students in psychology, business, nursing, and public health to augment and supplement their degree programs by taking four or five concentrated courses, said Charles A. Lowe, professor and head of the psychology department.

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