Program Requirements

The Clinical Health Psychology PhD Program has six components: Core Courses & Electives, Master's Thesis, Clinical Practica, Comprehensive Clinical Competency Evaluation (CCCE), Doctoral Dissertation, and Pre-Doctoral Internship. Each component contributes to developing the scientist-practitioners who are the hallmark of clinical health psychology training.  It is possible to complete the program in five years.  The CHP PhD program is a full-time, residency-based program. Educational activities are completed on-campus for didactic, research, and clinical training. PhD students are required to complete their training on campus for no less than 3 years prior to their full time APA approved internship.  Click here for CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Center course descriptions.

Required Courses

  • Personality Assessment
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Advanced Cognition & Emotion
  • Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • Diversity in Clinical Psychology
  • Advanced Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • ​Clinical Behavioral Medicine
  • Clinical Practica
  • Master's Thesis
  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Psychotherapy I
  • Psychotherapy II
  • Health Psychology I
  • Health Psychology II
  • Ethics & Professional Issues
  • Advanced Statistics
  • ​Multivariate Statistics
  • ​Dissertation
  • Pre-Doctoral Internship

Sample PhD Curricula

Sample curriculum for students entering in odd or even years

Learning Outcomes

Goal #1: Prepare students to be entry-level clinical psychology scientists.

Objectives for Goal #1:
  • Students will acquire knowledge of research methods in clinical psychology.
  • Students will acquire basic understanding of statistical analytic methods in clinical psychology.
  • Students will be able to conduct empirical research to contribute to the knowledge base in clinical psychology.
Competencies for Goal 1 Objectives:
  • Demonstrate entry-level ability to review, integrate, and critically evaluate research in clinical psychology.
  • Demonstrate entry-level ability to design and conduct empirical research.
  • Demonstrate entry-level ability to disseminate research findings.
  • Demonstrate critical and integrative thinking skills as well as intellectual curiosity.

Goal #2: Students will be trained to be capable entry-level practitioners of clinical psychology.

Objectives for Goal #2:
  • Students will acquire knowledge of theory and research to understand psychological disorders.
  • Students will acquire knowledge of theory and research and related skills to conduct effective evidence-based psychological assessment and psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Students will acquire knowledge regarding the application of ethical concepts and awareness regarding professional activities.
  • Students will be knowledgeable and sensitive to individual, group, and cultural differences in clinical practice.
Competencies for Goal 2 Objectives:
  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of psychological disorders.
  • Demonstrate entry-level ability to diagnose psychological disorders.
  • Demonstrate entry-level ability to conduct psychological assessment.
  • Demonstrate entry-level ability to select and deliver empirically-supported and evidence-based psychological interventions.
  • Understand ethical principles and demonstrate ethical behavior in the application of clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and diversity issues and adapt clinical practice accordingly.

Goal #3: Students will be trained to be competent as entry-level clinical psychology professionals with knowledge and skills in clinical health psychology.

Objectives for Goal #3:
  • Students will acquire basic knowledge of biopsychosocial principles and research relevant to clinical health psychology.
  • Students will acquire basic, entry-level skills to conduct research on health psychology topics and provide clinical psychological services in clinical health psychology settings.
Competencies for Goal #3 Objectives:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of biopsychosocial principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of clinical health psychology research
  • Demonstrate knowledge and entry-level skill in application of clinical psychological skills in clinical health psychology settings