Students

Behavioral Healthcare Major

Overview

Behavioral health problems, including mental illness and substance abuse, are among the greatest public health challenges facing our communities. New, scientific based treatment approaches are available to treat and prevent many of these behavioral health issues. The Behavioral Healthcare major will expose students to these treatment approaches as well as to issues in the organization, finances, and outcome of behavioral health services.

About the Department & College

The Behavioral Healthcare major is offered by the Department of Mental Health, Law & Policy in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Nineteen faculty members have been selected to teach in this program. Many are nationally recognized researchers in the field. The Department has external funding of $9.8 million to conduct research in mental illness, substance abuse, and related forensic issues.

Program

The Behavioral Healthcare program is a 37-hour program consisting of 19 core credit hours and one or more concentrations (18 hours each). Concentrations include: adult community services, behavioral health research, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), children's mental health, aging and behavioral health, and addictions.

Courses will emphasize evidence based practices - that is those that have been shown by research to have validity and be effective. The curriculum will focus on the application of evidence-based practices in a community setting with guest speakers, agency visits, and a hands-on field experience. Learn more about behavioral healthcare career opportunities.

TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS = 37

REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITES
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychological Science
STA XXXX: Any level statistics course including PSY 3204 Psychological Statistics
SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology, or SYG 2010 Contemporary Social Problems

FOUNDATIONS IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE (CORE CLASSES)

MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services ( 3 hrs)
PSY 3213 Research Methods in Psychology (4hrs)
MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral Healthcare Treatment (3hrs)
MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems Delivery (3hrs)
MHS 4452 Co-Occurring Disorders (3 hrs)
MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in BHC (3 hrs)

TOTAL 19 HOURS

STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CONCENTRATIONS
CONCENTRATION # 1 - ADULT COMMUNITY SERVICES
Students interested in direct employment or preparation for graduate school will find this concentration geared to the provision of evidence based services with adults who are receiving services in the behavioral healthcare system. This concentration is designed for students who want to work in community mental health and substance abuse programs.

MHS 4723 Professional Seminar in Behavioral Healthcare
MHS 3204 Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis or CLP 4414 Behavior Modification
MHS 4023 Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services
MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare (must apply two semesters in advance. For details click here)
MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community
MHS 3XXX or 4XXX Behavioral Healthcare Elective (consult with an academic advisor) options include:
MHS 3062 Behavioral Healthcare Services for Older Adults
MHS 4434 Behavioral Health and the Family
MHS 4453 Applied Psychopharmacology in Drug Abuse and Dependency
MHS 4454 Alcohol Drugs and Crime
MHS 4455 Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment
MHS 4463 Suicide Issues in Behavioral Health
MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication in Behavioral and Community Sciences
MHS 4931 Selected Topics

TOTAL 18 HOURS
CONCENTRATION # 2 - BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESEARCH
This concentration is designed for students who want to pursue graduate school and research careers in behavioral health. Building on lower level courses in statistics and research methods, the research concentration will enhance student knowledge and skills for conducting scientific research in behavioral healthcare.

IDS 1505 Introduction to Research in BCS (1 hr)
IDS 2600 Applications of Research in Community Settings(1 hr)
MHS 4413 Applied Data Analysis for Behavioral Health Research(3 hrs)
MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication in Behavioral & Community Sciences (3 hrs)
MHS 4741 Applied Research Methods (3 hrs)
MHS 4912 Independent Research in Behavioral Health (4 hrs)

One course from the following list of courses (3 credit hours):
MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community
MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues for Children
GEY 4360 Counseling of Older Adults

TOTAL 18 HOURS
CONCENTRATION # 3 - APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS (ABA)
This concentration will focus on the use of applied behavior analysis to provide services for individuals with development disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, and other behaviors that may limit functioning.

MHS 3204 Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis or CLP 4414 Behavior Modification
MHS 4202 Behavior Assessment and Intervention Planning
MHS 4943 Practicum Seminar in Applied Behavior Analysis
MHS 4206 Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
MHS 4412 Research Methods and Ethical Issues in Behavior Analysis
MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues for Children

TOTAL 18 HOURS
CONCENTRATION # 4 - CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH
Not-for-profit agencies in the community provide services that address a wide spectrum of children's issues ranging from prevention to inpatient or residential care. This concentration is designed for students considering a career in children's mental health.

MHS 4074 Child Development and Trauma
MHS 3204 Fundamentals of Applied Behavior Analysis or CLP 4414 Behavior Modification
MHS 4434 Behavioral Health and the Family
MHS 4203 Practical Skills: Children's Behavioral Healthcare
MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare (must apply two semesters in advance. For details click here)

MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues in Children

 TOTAL 18 HOURS

CONCENTRATION # 5 - AGING AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

MHS 4723 Professional Seminar in Behavioral Healthcare
GEY 4322 Care Management for Older Adults or GEY 4608 Alzheimer's Disease Management
GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging
MHS 3062 Behavioral Healthcare Services for Older Adults
MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare (must apply two semesters in advance. For details click here)
GEY 4360 Counseling of Older Adults

TOTAL 18 HOURS
CONCENTRATION # 6 - ADDICTIONS
MHS 4723 Professional Seminar in Behavioral Healthcare
MHS 4453 Applied Psychopharmacology in Drug Abuse and Dependency
MHS 4454 Alcohol Drugs and Crime
MHS 4455 Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment
MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare (must apply two semesters in advance. For details click here)
MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community