Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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Behavioral Healthcare (BHC) with a concentration in Behavioral Health Research (BHR)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 44.0000
College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
Behavioral health problems, such as mental illness and substance abuse, are among the greatest public health challenges facing our communities. New, scientifically-based approaches are available to treat and prevent many behavioral health problems. Students will be exposed to 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 practices that have been scientifically validated and the delivery of services within the context of current funding, policies and trends.
Students must also demonstrate behaviors that are congruent with the professional standards and values of the profession. Students desiring a career in this field should be aware that fingerprinting, a background check, and drug screen may be required to work in this field. Failure to pass one of these checks would be cause to terminate a student from the major. Students may be responsible for any associated costs.
Concentration DescriptionThis concentration will prepare students for graduate school and research careers in the field of behavioral healthcare. Building on lower level courses in statistics and research methods, the research concentration will enhance student's knowledge and skills for conducting scientific research in the field of behavioral healthcare.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
It is strongly recommended that those students seeking the Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Healthcare complete prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. (These courses may also be used to fulfill FKL requirements for entering freshmen.) The state mandated common course prerequisites must be completed with a minimum grade of C (not C-) or better.
- PSY X012 Introduction to Psychological Science
- STA XXXX Any level Statistics course or PSY X204 Psychological Statistics
- SYG X000 Introduction to Sociology or SYG X010 Contemporary Social Problems
Total Major Hours: 37 Hours
Major Core Courses - 22 Hours
- MHS 3411 Multidisciplinary Behavioral Healthcare*
- PSY 3213 Research Methods in Psychology (or equivalent with Department approval)
- MHS 4022 Adult Psychopathology in the Community or
MHS 4490 Behavioral Healthcare Issues for Children
- MHS 4408 Exemplary Practices in Behavioral Healthcare Treatment
- MHS 4002 Behavioral Health Systems Delivery
- MHS 4452 Co-occurring Disorders
- MHS 4703 Legal, Ethical & Professional Issues in BHC *MHS 3411 should be taken during student's first semester of major coursework; a minimum grade of "B-" is required.
Concentration Core Courses - 12 Hours
- IDS 1505 Introduction to Research
- MHS 4741 Advanced Research Methods: Behav/Community Sciences
- MHS 4912 Independent Research in Behavioral Health
- MHS 4731 Writing for Research and Publication in BCS
Concentration Elective Courses - 3 Hours
Plus Department approved elective [consult with advisor for options]
Additional Major Information
Chairperson: R. Boothroyd; Associate. Chair: P. Stiles; Academic Program Director: L. Thompson; Professors: R. Boothroyd, M. Dow, R. Peters, L. Schonfeld; Associate Professors: T. Boaz, A. Christy, J. Epps, A. Gum, H. Hills, K. Jenkins-Hall, R. Otto, P. Stiles, G. Teague; Assistant Professors: K. Connor, K. Rigg, C. Stover;Research Professor: K. Rost; Research Associate Professors: R. Constantine, C. Lescano, K. Moore, J. Robst; Research Assistant Professors: C. Clark, K. Kuehnle, B. Lee, S. Young; Research Associates: M. Engelhardt, J. Winarski; Emeritus Professors: M. Dertke, M. Knox, N. Poythress, J. Ward, Jr.
Major Other Information
A concentration in Behavioral Healthcare is offered through the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree program as well as the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS). The concentration requires 24 credit hours.
Please see the B.S. in Applied Science at http://www.ugs.usf.edu/academic/bsas.htm and BGS at http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/bachelor-of-general-studies/index.aspx for additional information.
A cognate in Behavioral Healthcare is also available through the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) major, which is housed within the College of Arts & Sciences. MHC 4425 is not required to complete the cognate for the ISS major.