Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology - Public Health Psychology Track

Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology - Public Health Psychology Track

Quick Facts


Kenmore, Washington campus

General Requirement

  • Completion of the equivalent of two years of college course work
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Grade of C or better in all basic proficiency and science requirement courses
  • 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of credits in the basic proficiency, science, and general education categories

Length of Program

2 years, full-time

Tuition and Financial Aid

Career Opportunities

The Public Health Psychology track is a good choice if you are interested in promoting health and well-being on a community level rather than within a clinical setting. Graduates of this undergraduate program are prepared to enter the workforce within nonprofit, public health and social work arenas, or pursue graduate studies in psychology or social work.  


The Public Health Psychology Track (formerly called the Social Advocacy Track) in the Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology provides training in the knowledge and skills needed to help people achieve optimal development and wellness at all stages in the lifespan. Students learn how to recognize factors influencing healthy development and practice the skills needed to advocate for wellness on behalf of individuals, families and groups.

Students in this track take three lifespan development courses that emphasize the ways in which family, culture, schools, governments and other contextual factors influence developmental pathways and outcomes. They also learn the specific knowledge and skills needed to design, plan and carry out advocacy efforts. This includes advocacy mapping, techniques, communication and evaluation.

Additionally, students in this track gain highly marketable skills in nonprofit administration, grant writing and health intervention program design and evaluation. The track also offers real-world learning through service learning practicum placements in the community.


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Entering undergraduates must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA with a grade of C or better in basic proficiency and science requirement courses. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this minimum requirement will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Prior to enrolling, students must have completed 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits), including a minimum number of credits in specific proficiencies and general education requirements. Students may apply to the program while completing prerequisite coursework.

Basic Proficiency and Science Requirements

English Literature or Composition 9 quarter credits
College Algebra 4 quarter credits
General Psychology 3 quarter credits
Public Speaking 3 quarter credits
Survey level General Biology with lab 4 quarter credits

General Education Requirements

Natural Science 12 quarter credits
Arts and Humanities 15 quarter credits
Social Sciences 15 quarter credits
Electives 25 quarter creditsThe number of elective credits may vary depending upon the exact number of quarter credits earned in the other prerequisite categories. Total prerequisite credits must equal at least 90 quarter credits.

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The curriculum tables below list the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course are the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.), the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C) and the total contact hours for the course over the entire quarter (Tot).

NOTE: After consultation with faculty mentors about their interests and educational and professional goals, students may choose to enter the Public Health Psychology track starting in the winter quarter of their junior year.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science  in Health Psychology program follows the American Psychological Association expected learning outcomes for undergraduate education:

  • Knowledge base in psychology
  • Scientific inquiry and critical thinking
  • Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world
  • Communication
  • Professional development
  • Understanding the importance of the biopsychosocial model with emphasis on the topics of stress, coping, social support, health behavior and the role of spirituality in well-being

The attached PDF is the proposed curriculum for students starting in Fall 2018. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Fall 2018 academic year. For the 2018-2019 course catalog, click here.

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