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.
The CABH program offers 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. Track component must be declared at the time of application. Students also have the opportunity to focus their coursework on individual areas of interest, including leadership, developmental disabilities, research and evaluation, and youth and behavioral health.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 39 total semester credits:
- 12 semester credits in core courses (4 courses) intended to ground students in core competencies applicable to all concentrations in CABH
- 21 semester credits (7 courses)
- 6 semester credits of thesis/applied field experience track
- Comprehensive exam taken after completion of all core courses and required concentration courses