Health Behavior Research and Evaluation provides in-depth understanding of human behavior, combined with applied research and evaluation skills, to assess, design, and implement working health solutions in local and global communities.

Due to the increasing recognition that many causes of human illness are behavioral, there is strong demand for behavioral scientists capable of conducting rigorous applied research and evaluation. Our program seeks students committed to learning how to apply psychological science and evaluation to promote health, prevent disease, and improve public health across global communities. You’ll integrate high-quality health behavior scholarship with evaluation curriculum, applying the research methods you learn and gaining real-world experience through internships, jobs, and related health projects. Led by expert faculty-scholars, students will come to understand the critical relationship between psychology and public health evaluation and policy.

Program Highlights
  • All Health Behavior Research graduate students are encouraged to gain practical experience through projects, internships, or jobs, often at CGU’s research centers and affiliates, such as the Claremont Evaluation Center or the Health Psychology and Prevention Science Institute.
  • All Health Behavior Research students who request financial aid receive fellowships. DBOS also regularly hires students for paid teaching assistantships.
  • DBOS offers a certificate program and professional development workshops in evaluation and applied methods for those seeking continuing education.
  • Proximity to local health departments in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties provides many employment and educational opportunities for students.

Program at a Glance

48 units

2 years

Fall | Spring

Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

MA in Psychology

Featured Courses

Health Behavior Program Development

Considers various health behaviors that can be potentially targeted for change and reviews approaches to intervention and program development.

PSYCH 350ff
Health Promotion

Focuses on message features, modes of delivery, and contexts applicable to behavioral health interventions, exploring specific contexts such as mass media, schools, and more.

PSYCH 350aa
Overview of Applied Health Psychology

Explores past, current, and future contributions of psychology to the applied context of health education and health behavior.

PSYCH 350bb
Health Behavior Research & Measures

Explores how problematic health behaviors are identified, how they are measured, how changes in targeted behaviors are assessed, and how health research is done.

Applied Multiple Regression

Explores bivariate and multivariate correlation and regression with an emphasis on applications of multiple regression to data analysis.

Comparative Evaluation Theory

Provides basic understanding of prevalent evaluation theories, systems for categorizing these theories, the process of theory development in evaluation, and more.


Health Behavior Research Core Courses (16 Units)
Survey of Health Behavior Theory (4 units)
Health Behavior Program Development (4 units)
Health Behavior Research & Measures (2 units)
Overview of Applied Health Psychology (2 units)
4 additional units chosen from one of the following:
Health Promotion (4 units)
Health Behavior Research With Diverse Populations (4 units)

Health Behavior Research & Related Electives (8 units)
Students are often encouraged to take elective courses in the School of Educational Studies, the Drucker School of Management, the Division of Politics & Economics, the Center for Information Systems & Technology, the School of Arts & Humanities, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Applied Research Methodology (12 units)
Research Methods (4 units)
Intermediate Statistics (2 units)
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) (2 units)
Applied Multiple Regression (2 units)
Categorical Data Analysis (2 units)

Evaluation Methods (12 units)
Foundations of Evaluation (2 units)
Comparative Evaluation Theory (4 units)
Evaluation Procedures (4 units)
Evaluation Elective course (2 units)

In the Field Opportunities
Under the supervision of professionals with expertise in your particular areas of interest, you can participate in fieldwork, research, and paid internships at a range of corporations and organizations, including:

• Southern California Edison Company
• Kaiser Permanente
• Orange County Rapid Transit District
• Riverside County Department of Mental Health
• Claremont Evaluation Center
• Institute for Research on Social Issues

Faculty & Research

  • Stewart I. Donaldson profile image

    Stewart I. Donaldson

    Executive Director, Claremont Evaluation Center
    Professor of Psychology and Community & Global Health

    Research Interests

    Positive organizational psychology, theory-driven evaluation, organizational and career development, health and well-being

  • William Crano profile image

    William Crano

    Oskamp Chair, Distinguished Professorship in Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social influence; Effects of persuasive information on drug addiction and HIV/AIDS; Minority and majority relationships to health information;
    Children and adolescent relationship to health information

  • Eusebio Alvaro profile image

    Eusebio Alvaro

    Research Professor, Behavioral and Organizational Sciences

    Research Interests

    Social influence processes; Health promotion, disease prevention, and medicine; Minority relationship to health promotion; Mass media messages targeting health behavior change

  • Jason T. Siegel profile image

    Jason T. Siegel

    Associate Professor of Social Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social Psychology, Health Psychology, Persuasion, Motivation, Research Methodology

  • Michelle Bligh profile image

    Michelle Bligh

    Interim Dean, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation
    Professor of Organizational Behavior
    Director, Human Resource Management

    Research Interests

    Organizational culture, Leadership in corporate cultures, Charismatic leadership, Interpersonal trust, Political and executive leadership

  • Tiffany Berry profile image

    Tiffany Berry

    Research Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Educational program evaluation, K–12 educational curricula, After-school programs, Comprehensive school reform

  • Allen M. Omoto profile image

    Allen M. Omoto

    Interim Dean, School of Educational Studies
    Professor of Education & Psychology

    Research Interests

    Social psychology; Volunteerism and prosocial action; Environmental concerns; Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; Civil engagement and civil society

  • Kathy Pezdek profile image

    Kathy Pezdek

    Professor of Psychology

    Research Interests

    Memory and comprehension, Visual memory, Eyewitness memory, Suggestibility of memory, Autobiographical memory

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