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Health Psychology FAQ

Health Psychology FAQ

When is my application due?

Ph.D. and general M.S. application inforamtion can be found at the following website: https://www.odu.edu/psychology/academics/admission-phd.html.html.

What happens after I submit my application?

Your application is reviewed by faculty in the Health program and particularly those faculty that you noted as a potential research match. You will be contacted by e-mail or by phone from the potential mentor.

What should I include in my personal statement?

Explain why you are interested in applying to this particular program, your research interests, and how this program will meet your career goals.

What do you look for in an applicant?

Good academic performance from an accredited university, good grades, research interests and experience, and a good fit for this program. That is, your research interests 'align' with one or more Health faculty.

Who should I ask to write letters of recommendation?

Three individuals, typically former professors, who know you and are familiar with your work and can speak to your strengths and challenges. At least two of your letter writers must be your former professors; typically, all three are professors.

When will I hear if I was accepted?

You application will be reviewed by program faculty. You will be contacted by faculty and the Program Director will contact applicants by mail in late February or early March.

May I begin the program in the Spring semester?

Some courses follow from earlier courses. For this reason, students are only admitted at the start of the fall semester.

Can I go part-time in the evenings?

This is considered a full-time program and some courses are during the day.

Can I work full time while in the program?

This is a full-time program; therefore, working full-time is discouraged. If accepted, students are offered a financial package in which they are typically a Graduate Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant which includes a stipend and tuition for a specific number of years depending on whether they enter with an approved master's degree.

Where can I get an application? Can you send one to me?

The HP application can be found online on our website.

What requirements do I need to be considered for the program (i.e., GPA, experience)?

An undergraduate degree is required, preferable in psychology but other areas study will also be considered. In addition, prior research experience is encouraged.

Is there a way I can track my application?

No, however, you will receive a phone call/e-mail after your application is reviewed. If you are not accepted, you will receive a denial letter/email, but can contact the GPD for more information.

What does funding for the program consist of? Is there a full tuition waiver?

Financial support typically comes from graduate assistantships which include tuition, fees, and a stipend for serving as laboratory or classroom instructor or research assistant. Students with a qualifying BA/BS are typically guaranteed four years of support. Students who enter the program with a qualifying MA or MS in psychology are typically guaranteed two years of support.

I am interested in Health Psychology, what kind of topics does your program emphasize within this field?

Health Psychology uses research psychological principles to understand and address real-world health and social problems. It promotes the development and application of knowledge and theory to improve understanding, behavior, prevention, and treatment of health and social issues. Specific research topics of interest can be found by reviewing faculty's research.

What research labs are available within the program and what fields of research do they specialize in?

The HP research labs and their respective websites/research focus can be found online.

What are some tips for creating/updating my CV?

You can visit ODU's Career Development Services page for tips on creating/updating your CV/resume.

How does teaching/graduate teaching assignments work while enrolled in classes?

Students are matched to graduate teaching assignments and research interests.

What does the coursework consist of for first year students?

The Ph.D. degree in HP requires at least 84 semester hours of credit beyond the bachelor's degree or at least 48 semester hours of post-master's training. In contrast, to many undergraduate degrees, much of the coursework involves student research. The curriculum for the health program can be found online.

Are there any additional requirements for international students (e.g., TOEFL test, etc.)?

If you are an international student, you will be required to take the TOEFL.

What will I be able to do with my degree once I graduate?

You can view ODU Health graduates and their first employment after graduation of the Ph.D. program online.

Will hours from a previously completed Master’s degree transfer into the program?

The maximum hours that can be transferred from an outside university is 12 (as per Old Dominion University guidelines); however, each course is reviewed separately prior to acceptance based on the course content, level, and so forth. You may request that your previous thesis is transferred into the program. The decision to accept a prior thesis is made on a case-by-case basis and it not guaranteed.

What does the interview process consist of? When will I hear if I got an interview? Is interview day in person or virtual?

You will be contacted by program faculty and invited to campus on Interview Day. If an Interview Day is not possible, you may be able to substitute a virtual interview. After interview day, you will receive an official acceptance letter or rejection letter by the Program Director.

Will there be a campus visit? If so, when will that be?

Yes, if you are selected to be interviewed for the program you will be invited to visit the campus. Interview Day is typically in February. It is possible that interview could be on Zoom.


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