Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
    Jul 17, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Behavioral Health, B.S.

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Social & Behavioral Health is a multidisciplinary degree spanning three colleges and four academic departments. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn foundation skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic health and social services environments. Areas of study include health services, health analytics, complementary & alternative healthcare, cultural & social aspects of health, and behavioral & mental health.

Students will have the opportunity to learn many skills, including but not limited to the following:

  • how community and social factors contribute to a variety of public health solutions and policies;
  • how to plan, implement, and administer social service and/or behavioral health programs;
  • how to design, evaluate, and assess social service and/or behavioral health programs to ensure their quality and effectiveness;
  • how to work with individuals in community or social services settings;
  • and how to help people navigate the healthcare system to find the resources they need to be healthy.

Program features include, but are not limited to: flexibility in designing program to fit interests, courses taught by experts in the field, and participating in an internship practicum providing real job experience

Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the BS in Social and Behavioral Health, students will be able to:

  • Assess social and cultural frameworks of diverse populations of healthcare consumers
  • Demonstrate understanding of human growth and development as related to social and behavioral health issues
  • Demonstrate knowledge of complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches to health and wellness
  • Design and assess social and behavioral programs, research or services aimed at improving health

Program Requirements

Core Areas A, B, C, D, E: 42 Hours

Core Curriculum  

Core Area F: 18 Hours

Major Courses: 60 Hours

Area 1: 18 Hours

Choose two courses from each of the following areas:

Area 2: 12 Hours

Choose two courses from each of the following areas:

Area 3: 3 Hours

Area 4: Upper Division Electives 6 Hours

Select two (2) courses from the following list OR courses listed in Areas 1 or 2 not already applied to Areas 1 or 2

Minor and General Electives 17-21 Hours

To complete the remaining 17-21 credit hours, students will have the option to explore other areas of academic interest through elective courses, a minor course of study, or pursue a certificate program (e.g. Data Analytics, Social Services, etc.). Students are encouraged to create a cluster of elective courses that will enhance their knowledge and skill in a particular area of interest.

Total: 120 Hours

*Courses marked with an asterisk count only if student previously earned credit for the course as a requirement for another major. These courses cannot be chosen as an option to take after declaring Social & Behavioral Health as major.

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