Occupational Health Psychology

Program Description

Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) involves the interdisciplinary partnerships of psychological and occupational health science professionals seeking to improve the quality of working life, and enhance the safety, health and well-being of workers in all occupations. Because it exists at the intersection of behavioral science and occupational health disciplines, OHP is inclusive of knowledge and methods from psychology, public/occupational health, organizational studies, human factors, and allied fields (such as occupational sociology, industrial engineering, economics, and others). OHP is concerned with the broad range of exposures and mechanisms that affect the quality of working life and the responses of workers. These include individual psychological attributes, job content and work organization, organizational policies and practices, and the economic and political environments in which organizations function. OHP research and practice explores interventions targeting the work environment as well as the individual, to create healthier workplaces and organizations and to improve the capacity of workers to protect their safety and health and to maximize their overall effectiveness.The certificate program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training with an emphasis on research. Coursework includes an introductory OHP proseminar, an epidemiology course, supervised field or lab research in occupational safety and health, plus elective courses in occupational safety and health such as ergonomics and organizational stress.

Application Requirements

Enrollment.  Students MUST be officially admitted to the OHP program by completing an application through the Graduate School online application system (available here).  In order to apply you must currently be enrolled in any UConn graduate program.The application process is managed by the Graduate School, not the Psychology Department, and is similar to the master’s/PhD program application process; however, the fee can be waived (by submitting an email to gradadmissions@uconn.edu to request a fee waiver number) and there is no need for new reference letters or scores to be submitted. The application may not let you submit until you have attached a personal statement, there is no need for a new one, however in place of it please attach a document that states, “see personal essay from application to UConn (name of department) in (year applied). Unofficial copies of transcripts should be uploaded to the online system. Applicants will be notified of the decision via the online application system. (An email will be sent through the online system requesting that the applicant log in to the system to view the decision). If admitted, students MUST reply to the admission offer through the online system in order to be officially matriculated in the program.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a graduate program in the University of Connecticut Psychology Program:

  • Online application (current students can obtain an application fee waiver by emailing gradasmissions@uconn.edu to request a fee waiver number)
  • Unofficial copies of your transcripts
  • Single page CV
  • Brief personal statement regarding interest in the certificate (1 page)
  • Short letter signed by major advisor assenting to the application
  • All documents must be uploaded to the online application system

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Connecticut in a department other than Psychology:

  • Online application (current students can obtain an application fee waiver by emailing gradasmissions@uconn.edu to request a fee waiver number)
  • Unofficial copies of your transcripts
  • Single page CV
  • Brief personal statement regarding interest in the certificate (1 page)
  • Short letter signed by major advisor assenting to the application
  • Short letter signed by home department head or director of graduate program supporting the application
  • All documents must be uploaded to the online application system

Applicants who are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Connecticut:

  • Online application and $75 application fee
  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts; if admitted official transcripts must be mailed to Graduate School at time of admission
  • Single page CV
  • Brief personal statement regarding interest in certificate (1 page)
  • Two recommendations (preferred that recommendation be submitted using online application system)
  • Residence affidavit
  • TOEFL or IELTS score for international applicants who are not English speakers
  • All documents must be uploaded to the online application system

Program Requirements

1. Common Core Courses (both required)

Occupational Health Psychology PSYC 5123 or PUBH 6497
Field/Lab OHP Research Experience GRAD 5950/5960/6950/6960 or PSYC 5800

2. Methodology Course (required)

Intermediate Epidemiology PUBH 5497

3. Elective Specialization Seminars (two required- one outside primary discipline)

Organizational Stress PSYC 5670, Current Topics in I/O Psych
Work & Aging PSYC 5670, Current Topics in I/O Psych
Work Systems and Performance PSYC 5622
Occupational Health and Safety PSYC 5617
Health Psychology PSYC 5120
Introductory Ergonomics & Exposure Assessment PUBH 5497 or BME 5339
Occupational and Environmental Health: Exposures, Risks and Prevention PUBH 6493
Occupational & Environmental Health Policy PUBH 5497
Health in the Built Environment PUBH 5497-F47