Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Majors

Behavioral Healthcare (BHC) with a concentration in Aging and Behavioral Health (AGBH)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 44.0000

College of Behavioral & Community Sciences

http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/academics/Behavioral_Healthcare_Major_Class_Info.cfm

Major Description

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.

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 Services*
  • 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

  • GEY 4612 Psychology of Aging
  • MHS 3062 Behavioral Healthcare Services for Older Adults
  • GEY 4322 Gerontological Case Management or GEY 4608 Alzheimer's Disease Management
  • MHS 4425 Field Experience in Behavioral Healthcare

Concentration Elective Courses - 3 Hours

Students must choose one course from the following list or consult an advisor for other options:

Additional Major Information

Major Faculty

Chairperson: H. Hills; Associate Chair: R. Otto; 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. Conner, K. Rigg, C. Stover; Research Associate Professors:  K. Moore, C. Lescano, J. Robst; Research Assistant Professors: C. Clark, K. Kuehnle, B. Lee, S. Young; Research Associates: M. Engelhardt,  J. Winarski; Emeritus Professors: M. Dertke, N. Poythress, J. Ward, Jr. Distinguished Professor: M. Knox.

Major Other Information

A concentration in Behavioral Healthcare is offered through the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) degree program for Florida A.S. transfers as well as the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) for returning students (who have been out at least 3 years and have 60+ earned hours; application required).

Please refer to the B.S. in Applied Science at http://www.ugs.usf.edu/academic/bsas.htm and the Bachelor of General Studies at http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/bachelor-of-general-studies/requirements.aspx for additional information.

A concentration in Multidisciplinary Behavioral Sciences is also available through the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) major, which is housed within the College of Arts & Sciences (http://iss.usf.edu/major_requirements/). (MHC 4425 Field Placement is not required to complete the concentration for the ISS major.)


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