Frequently Asked Questions
The HPCS Curriculum & Training Model
What are the curricular requirements for the degree?
The program includes core coursework and intensive supervised research and clinical science practica in laboratory, hospital, and community settings. The description of the curriculum and sample course schedules for students can be found here.
In addition to a firm foundation in psychology, we offer strong methodological training. These areas of concentration in the program are supplemented by further expertise among the faculty with physical diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS, musculoskeletal, and inflammatory bowel disease; psychological conditions such as mood, anxiety, suicidal behavior, and addiction; and experience working with specific populations such as women, LGBTQ individuals, and racial and ethnic minorities.
What is the research/clinical balance of the program?
HPCS is a research-focused program that has a goal of developing strong researchers in health psychology and clinical science. Prospective students who wish to pursue a primarily practice-based career or a program with more emphasis on clinical training should consider carefully whether a research-focused program is the right fit and look at the other clinical programs offered by the Graduate Center (Clinical @ City College, Clinical @ John Jay, and Clinical @ Queens College).
Will graduate credits transfer?
Subject to a strict review, up to 12 graduate credits taken prior to admissions to the doctoral program at the City University of New York may be applied toward the degree. An evaluation of transfer credits is made on a case-by-case basis before the end of the student's first year in residence by the training area Coordinators.
What are the available research opportunities for students?
Members of the HPCS faculty have their academic appointments and labs on multiple campuses of CUNY (for example, Hunter College, Brooklyn College). HPCS faculty also have numerous collaborations with faculty located at other NYC area universities and medical centers, and doctoral students can develop or become involved in collaborative projects. Current faculty collaborations include Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia University Medical Center/NYS Psychiatric Institute, NYU Child Study Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, and the NYU Imaging Center.
Does the HPCS program follow a mentor model?
Although students typically have a primary mentor(s), the hope is that you will work with multiple faculty in your time in HPCS. In fact, most students have interests that span across the work of our faculty. Also, students can switch primary mentorship if their interests and needs change.