Students

Behavioral Healthcare Minor

Overview

Behavioral health problems, including mental illness and substance abuse, are among the greatest public health challenges facing our communities. New, scientifically based treatment approaches are available to treat and prevent many of these behavioral health issues. Students will be exposed to these treatment approaches as well as to issues in the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health services. The emphasis of the curricula is on those empirically validated methods of service delivery within the context of current funding, policies, and trends. Behavioral Healthcare is offered as an Undergraduate Minor by the USF Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, as a Concentration in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree program, a Concentration in the Bachelor of General Studies and as a Cognate in the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Bachelor's program.

Programs

Minor In Behavioral Healthcare

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE (BHC)
TOTAL MINOR HOURS: 15

The minor in Behavioral Healthcare is available to students interested in pursuing a career in the field of behavioral health in conjunction with any undergraduate major. It should be particularly beneficial to persons majoring in disciplines such as psychology, social work, sociology, anthropology, gerontology, long term care administration, pre-med, criminology, and nursing.

• MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare Services
• MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems Delivery (P.R. MHS 3411) 
• MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral Healthcare Treatment (P.R. MHS 3411)
• MHS 4723 Professional Seminar in Behavioral Healthcare or MHS 3203 Practical Skills
• MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare* (P.R. MHS 3411/4002/4723/Co or P.R.4408)

A student completing a field placement in Psychology, Social Work, or other human services discipline may request an exemption (from the advisor) from MHS 4425 and may substitute an approved elective. Students must apply to take MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare two semesters before taking the course. This course also has three prerequisites: MHS 3411 with a B- or higher, MHS 4002, MHS 4723 or MHS 4203, and MHS 4408 (can also be take as a co-requisite). The application, application deadlines, and additional information about the course can be found on the Field Experience webpage here.

GPA Requirements:
A minimum overall 2.0 GPA in minor coursework is required for completion of the minor.

Residency Requirement:
At least nine (9) credit hours must be taken in residence at USF.

Advising Information:
For questions about the minor, please contact: bhc_advise@usf.edu

Minor In Forensic Behavioral Healthcare 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN FORENSIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (FBH)
TOTAL MINOR HOURS: 15

The minor in Forensic Behavioral Health is available to students interested in pursuing the interaction of mental
health and substance use disorders with the criminal justice system. It should be particularly beneficial for students in disciplines such as criminology, psychology, social work, sociology, anthropology, public health, and pre-law. Prior to enrolling in courses for the minor, students should complete at least one introductory course (3 credit hours) in Behavioral or Social Sciences. Students should consult with the Behavioral Healthcare academic advisor to determine applicable courses.

Minor Core (12 hours)
CCJ 4613 Forensic Psychology
MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community
MHS 4452 Co-Occurring Disorders
MHS 4455 Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Minor Electives (3 hours)
Students must choose one of the following courses:
MHS 4023 Recovery Oriented Mental Health Services
MHS 4453 Applied Psychopharmacology in Drug Abuse and Dependence
MHS 4454 Alcohol, Drugs, and Crime
MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical, & Professional Issues in Behavioral Healthcare

GPA Requirements:
A minimum overall 2.0 GPA in minor coursework is required for completion of the minor.

Residency Requirement:
At least nine (9) credit hours must be taken in residence at USF.

Advising Information:
For questions about the minor, please contact: bhc_advise@usf.edu

Career Opportunities

The minor behavioral healthcare is available to students interested in pursuing careers in the field of behavioral healthcare in conjunction with any undergraduate major. It should be particularly beneficial to persons majoring in such disciplines as psychology, gerontology, criminology, nursing, social work, and sociology. Combining academic and experiential learning, the minor provides students with information and practical experience which is immediately applicable to career positions in the field.

Our Success

Since the inception of the program in fall of 2003, the demand has seen an increase to over 80 new students admitted each year to the minor. The participants represent a very culturally diverse group. The first student graduated in May of 2004 and there has been a steady stream of graduates since then. Students completing the academic minor have been very successful in gaining admission to graduate schools.

Undergraduate Advising

Kerry Jablonski
bhc_advise@usf.edu

To schedule an advising appointment: (Please note, this is for undergraduate studies only --- for graduate inquiries please contact the graduate program directly.)

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