This minor is designed to help students better understand psychological factors that influence overall health. The courses provide instruction on factors that have the potential to impact both physical and psychological health. These include the roles of cognitive processes, health beliefs and behaviors, emotions, psychosocial circumstances and personality traits, all factors that may influence overall health and well-being.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: HPSY

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 408Psychological Fitness3
PSYC 417Science of Well Being3
Total Credits9


Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following:9
Lifespan Development (Mason Core)
Research Methods in Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Special Topics 1
Foundations of Health Communication
Introduction to Health Behavior (Mason Core)
Bioethics (Mason Core)
Stress and Well-Being (Mason Core)
Total Credits9

When topic is related to health and well-being and approved by Psychology Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies.