Research and Evaluation Concentration Courses

Degree: Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
Program (Major/College): MSCABH/CBCS
Concentration: Research and Evaluation
CBCS Department: Child & Family Studies
Concentration Director: Tom Massey, PhD
Concentration Competencies

In addition to the four core courses (12 credit hours), the courses for this concentration are listed below.

Competitive scholarships are available for this concentration.

For those students enrolled in the Applied Track of the Evaluation & Research Concentration, view the Student Guidelines for the Field Experience Project. Please work with your MSCABH Advisor regarding this.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

PHC 6728 - Translational Research Methods in Adolescent Behavioral Health
Focuses on research methods and measurement models relevant to translational research, implementation science & the transfer of knowledge from research to practice. Adolescents with co-occurring disorders are a special population of focus.

PHC 6729 - Advanced Research Education in Adolescent Behavioral Health
Focuses on advanced topics in community-based participatory research in adolescent behavioral health. It will also focus on organization readiness to adopt evidence-based practices in adolescent behavioral health.

MHS 7748 - Statistical Applications in Adolescent Behavioral Health
The course covers the basic applications of statistical concepts and techniques essential to translational research and evaluation in child and adolescent behavioral health.

PHC 6539 - Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health
Examines the interaction of epidemiology, disease surveillance, social neuroscience, environmental vulnerability, pharmacology, and developmental risk & resiliency that affect youth populations at risk for drug use and mental disorders.

Electives (9 credit hours)

MHS 7749 - Applications in Dissemination and Implementation Science
This course covers competencies in the application of translational science necessary to understand, evaluate, and conduct dissemination and implementation research in child and adolescent behavioral health.

MHS 6096 - Program Development and Implementation in Children's Mental Health
This course introduces students to the science of implementation and key frameworks, theories, and strategies; includes critical elements, influences, stages applied to carry out successful implementation of initiatives.

PHC 6193 - Qualitative Methods in Community Health Research
This course provides classroom instruction and field application of qualitative research methods for studying community health problems. It provides a general introduction to ethnographic field methods, emphasizing systematic approaches to collection and analysis of qualitative data. Students will learn to identify the kinds of research problems for which qualitative methods are appropriate, and to critique qualitative research in terms of design, technique, analysis, and interpretation.

HSC 6552 - Community-Based Prevention in Behavioral Health
This web-based course is a graduate course in Behavioral Health within the Department of Community &Family Health. It is designed to provide the graduate student with an overview and understanding of the significant issues and trends in community & family behavioral health with an emphasis on behavioral health promotion and disease prevention. Major areas are: 1) overview of promotion and prevention in the United States; 2) systems delivery; 3) programs and policies; and 4) selected at-risk populations.

MHS 7740 - Survey Course in Mental Health Planning, Evaluation, and Accountability
This introductory course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of planning, evaluation and accountability methods within a systems context. Emphasis is placed on a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods.

EDF 7408 - Statistical Analysis for Educational Research II
Theory and application of statistical procedures to problems in education: (1) ANOVA-factorial; ANCOVA; (2) multiple correlation and regression -- a specific technique and a general approach to data analysis. Coordinated use of computer included.

MHS 7747 - Measurement Issues in Behavioral Health Services Research and Evaluation
This course will examine the development, selection, and use of individual, program, and systems-level process and outcome measures used in behavioral health services research. The course will examine both quantitative and qualitative measurement issues.

PHC 6051 - Biostatistics II
Simple and multiple linear regression, ANOVA (Analysis of Variance) and ANCOVA (Analysis of Covariance), model building procedure, and diagnostics with applications in health research. Youth & Behavioral Health Concentration Youth & Behavioral Health Concentration Required Courses (12 hours)

MHS 6095 - Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Practice: SOC
Provides an overview of a SOC approach to children's mental health; prepares professionals to work in respectful partnership with families/youth and to participate in interdisciplinary teams serving children and their families. Unrestricted. Non-repeatable.

RCS 5450 - Substance Abuse I
An overview of alcohol and other drug abuse. Explores the extent and rate of abuse in the United States, as well as causes, biology, psychosocial aspects, legal aspects, and treatment.

PHC 6546 - Epidemiology of Mental Disorders
Students in this course will study relevant factors that determine the frequency and distribution of mental disorders in human populations. Mental health intervention strategies also will be explored.

MHS 6645 - Mental Health Informatics
This course examines how information technologies and knowledge management affect access to mental health and impact policy. Current applications include the management of mental health databases and the development of behavioral telehealth programs.