Program Details


CABH Overview

The fully online Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (CABH) Master's Program at the University of South Florida prepares professionals to serve in public and nonprofit agencies and schools that work to positively impact the lives of children, adolescents, and emerging adults. Surveys and interviews with potential employers have shown there is high demand for master's degree level graduates to fill positions such as directors, supervisors, and case managers in mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities, and child welfare agencies, as well as consultants in schools and early education and care programs. Educational opportunities include advancement to doctoral programs in public health and the behavioral and social sciences. Download general flyer.

The CABH program is unique in that it offers four areas of concentration within the overall program curriculum. Within the concentrations, we offer two tracks: thesis and applied. The thesis track is designed for those interested in possibly furthering their education beyond a masters degree or working in a more research-based setting. The applied track offers a field experience component. Keep in mind that there is overlap between all concentration curricula and students in all concentrations take the same core program requirements. The choice of concentration should be based on your specific interests, and career and educational goals. The choices of Concentration and Track must be declared at the time of application.

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Still not sure if you're ready for a Master's degree program? Been out of school for a while and want to get a feel for the program before applying? Interested in what it's like to take classes fully-online? You can take up to four CABH courses, or 12 credit hours, as a non-degree seeking student at USF prior to acceptance to the program that can be applied toward your degree! For more information regarding non-degree seeking options, please contact Sandra Dwinell at

Interested in a clinical or counseling-specific program? Check out the USF programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, or the School of Social Work.

Core Competencies

Upon completion of the MSCABH program, students will be able to:

1. Specify the social, political, cultural, economic, policy, and environmental contexts of CABH.

2. Describe the history including legislative and judicial decisions, related to the CABH services delivery and policy

3. Understand service system conditions and characteristics that impact policy, planning, and delivery of CABH services.

4. Define the key elements and processes of CABH development and system change.

5. Specify promotion, prevention, intervention practices, and policy.

Program Requirements

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MSCABH Program Structure and Sequence