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Occupational Health Psychology Program

MAP ERC Training Support

Program Overview

In this program, students receive a broad education in occupational health psychology, including a practicum or fieldwork as well as interdisciplinary training in epidemiology and ergonomics. Students are required to complete coursework in occupational health, conduct research in occupational health psychology, participate in multidisciplinary applied occupational health projects, and present at workshops and professional conferences.

The Occupational Health Psychology Program is located at Colorado State University. The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) financially supports qualified students in the program. The MAP ERC is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers in the country. Students supported by the center collaborate with trainees in ergonomics, occupational and environmental medicine, industrial hygiene, and health physics programs on interdisciplinary research, scholarly projects, and in-depth field assessments at local industry sites.

What Does an Occupational Health Psychologist Do?

  • Helps organizations understand the links between occupational stressors and employees' mental and physical well-being Works with organizations to:
    • Improve the work environment
    • Prevent or reduce sources of job-related stress to improve worker well-being and productivity
    • Minimize employee absenteeism and turnover
  • Assess the effectiveness of organizational interventions, such as assistance and workplace wellness programs 
  • Works in roles such as consultant, occupational health psychologist, research scientist, research psychologist, and program evaluation specialist

Degree Options

Students will receive both an MS and a PhD in psychology upon completion. If a master's degree was previously attained, students will complete the program with a PhD.

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a 3.0 GPA or higher (3.4 recommended), and strong GRE quantitative and verbal scores
  • Individuals interested in a doctoral degree in one of five areas of psychology:
    • Industrial/Organizational
    • Applied Social and Health
    • Counseling
    • Cognitive
    • Cognitive Neuroscience

Program Location

Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado


Students accepted into the CSU Occupational Health Psychology Program may qualify for financial support, including tuition, stipends, as well as funding for research and travel, from the MAP ERC for one to three years. Graduate research assistantships are also available on a competitive basis to qualified students. The number of assistantships may vary from year to year depending on the level of research funding available.

How to Apply

All applicants must first be admitted to one of the following five psychology doctoral programs offered at Colorado State University:

  • Industrial/Organizational
  • Applied Social and Health
  • Counseling
  • Cognitive
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
For admissions requirements, deadlines, and additional information, please visit the CSU Occupational Health Psychology program page.

To apply now, click here.

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