Medical/Clinical Psychology

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The Medical/Clinical Psychology specialization places strong emphasis on integration of biological and behavioral sciences.  Thus, the research and clinical training that the program provides assumes an undergraduate background in both psychology and life science. The program engages students in continued pursuit of knowledge and skill fundamental to research and clinical practice.   In addition, students focus their research and a clinical training in one or more of the several areas of clinical and health psychology that the program emphasizes, and pursue advanced scientific and applied coursework, clinical practica, and directed research activities that culminate in the doctoral dissertation.

Course requirements for the Medical/Clinical Psychology specialization include:

  1. General Psychology and Neuroscience – cognitive, biological, social, emotional and developmental bases of behavior, as well as the history of the discipline
  2. Statistics and Research Design statistical methods, research design, and the responsible conduct of research. The statistics courses have associated computer labs.
  3. Foundations of Clinical and Health Psychology – personality, psychopathology, an overview of psychotherapeutic methods, health psychology and the ethics of professional practice
  4. Psychological Assessment and  Intervention – interviewing; behavioral, cognitive and personality assessment; and an introduction to cognitive-behavior therapy.

Additional courses and/or seminars may be taken as electives and may be required depending on the student’s area(s) of emphasis.   

Students in Medical/Clinical Psychology are actively engaged in research throughout the time that they are enrolled in the program and typically complete a master’s thesis project during their second or third year.   Clinical practicum experiences begin in the summer of the first year, and in their final year students complete an APA-accredited clinical psychology internship, typically in a medical facility.  The doctoral degree is awarded upon successful defense of the dissertation and internship.

Master's Degree

Graduate Coursework 1,224
Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology
Introduction to Statistics and Measurement
Lab for Introduction to Statistics and Measurement
Applied Statistical Methods
Lab for Applied Statistical Methods
Multivariate Statistical Methods
Lab for Multivariate Statistical Methods
Adult Personality and Psychopathology
Cognitive Assessment: Child and Adult
Personality Assessment
Survey of Psychotherapeutic Methods
Thesis Research6
Master's Level Thesis Research
Total Hours30

 The Master's Degree is not awarded outside of the Ph.D. program.


The following courses are required of all students. Individual course requirement may be waived based on evaluation of coursework completed prior to matriculation into the program. If a course requirement is waived, then the credit hours must be replaced by courses required by the program at the doctoral level or by other approved electives. No course may be used to satisfy a requirement for another degree and for the master’s degree in the Medical/Clinical Psychology Graduate Program

The program limits course waivers to half the program's required credit hours of “regular” coursework, which would include, essentially, all 2- and 3-credit hour courses and their associated labs.  It specifically excludes PY 699, 778, 779, 790, 797 and 799.  This limitation applies across master’s and doctoral requirements.  In theory it would be possible for a student to waive up to approximately eight classes.  However, there are numerous classes that are rarely waived and so in practice it is rare for a student to be approved to waive more than three classes.

Doctoral Degree

Required Coursework 1,230
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Advanced Research Design
Human Neuropsychology
Health Psychology
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Interviewing and Behavioral Observation
Psychotherapy Practice Initial
Clinical Practicum in Medical Psychology
Additional Requirements 3
History and Systems of Psychology 4
Foundations of Clinical Supervision and Consultation 5
Principles of Scientific Integrity 6
Wavier Deficit 7
Doctoral Dissertation 812
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Internship 927
PY 790Internship in Clinical Psychology9
Total Hours78

The following courses are required of all students. Some courses may be waived based on evaluation of coursework completed elsewhere prior to matriculation into the program*. Course waivers do not reduce the Graduate School credit hour requirement in this category, and no course may be used to satisfy a requirement for both the doctorate in the Medical / Clinical Psychology Graduate Program and another degree, whether completed at UAB or elsewhere.


Completion of 27 credit hours of course work prior to candidacy.

  • Up to 6 credits of the 27 can be non-dissertation research credits.

Up to 6 credits can be lab rotation, seminar, or directed study credits


The following courses are required of some students, depending on their year of matriculation or their year of admission.


 For Students graduating prior to 2019.


For students graduating in 2018 or later.


For students who entered the program in 2014 or later.


 Students who do not meet the 27-hour minimum in this category due to course waivers can make up the deficit with any combination of the following:

  1. Other elective courses approved by the program for this purpose.
  2. Up to 6 hours of PY 698, 699, and 798.  Counts as non-dissertation research credits.

None of these additional credits may have been applied toward another degree (including the master’s in Clinical / Medical Psychology).


 Either during or before candidacy, 12 semester hours in other appropriate research-based coursework which has been approved by the graduate student’s program


Either during or before candidacy, 12 semester hours in other appropriate research-based coursework which has been approved by the graduate student’s program