OHP at ECU
The Department of Psychology offers a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) within the Health Psychology doctoral program. Occupational Health Psychology is the interdisciplinary partnership of Health Psychology and Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology with the overall purpose of improving the quality of working life. The faculty of our program focus on areas such as occupational stress, burnout, work-family conflict, workplace aggression, workaholism, addiction, and safety.
Students who enroll in our program will first complete a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology. It is our belief that successful research and practice in OHP is based on a strong foundation of I/O best-practices. We strongly encourage applications from students with an without a Master's degree. However, most students who join our program without already having completed a Master's degree in I/O or related fill will be required to complete the courses with the I/O Mater's offered by our department.
For additional information, please use the links on the menu above or contact our program director. Additionally, our program handbook contains a substantial amount of information regarding the overall nature of our program and a student's progression through it.
Program DirectorDr. Mark Bowler
Careers in OHP
A professional in occupational health psychology works for private or public organizations, many in consulting positions. They can explore how stress affects individuals and recommend stress reduction practices and coping mechanisms, and they change stressful environments through job reorganization. These psychology professionals also work in public health or for private corporations designing and promoting stress prevention policies. Because they are also trained as I/O Psychologists they often work in organizations doing wage and salary administration, human resource development, personnel management, job analysis, quality assurance, selection and placement, and training and development. Research and teaching positions in both OHP and IO are also available at colleges and universities.
Hiring Our Students
East Carolina University (ECU) provides its PhD and Master’s level Applied Psychology students with the necessary skills to efficiently and effectively meet your I/O and OHP needs. Among others, ECU students are prepared to address issues such as:
Our students will address these issues by utilizing their skills in: