The American Psychological Association recognizes three distinct categories of doctoral programs: clinical, counseling and school psychology. Clinical psychology emphasizes compiling and analyzing research data about individuals, while counseling psychology students focus more on the treatment of mental and emotional health issues. School psychology focuses on issues around child and adolescent mental development. Students can earn a PhD in psychology (great for teaching or research roles) or a PsyD at the graduate-level (a good fit for students who may want to open their own practice or focus more on the treatment of patients in need).
Faculty and students in this concentration consider a broad array of public health policies which affect health, safety and quality of life. These include policies pertaining to obesity, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, inequality, housing, injury, prescription drug overuse, transportation, and the environment. Students examine challenging public health problems and learn how political, social, economic, ethical, cultural, and legal factors affect health, and how public health policy can address these problems. Students acquire skills that enable them to conduct rigorous research to inform policy solutions, effectively translate their scholarly work to policy and practice, and emerge as leaders in public health policy.