Graduate Studies In Behavioral Health Program

The USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences (CBCS) and the USF College of Public Health (COPH) jointly offer a specialty concentration in behavioral health as part of the Master and Doctoral programs in the COPH Department of Community & Family Health. View the program flyer.

Available Course Offerings

The program examines community and family issues in policy, evaluation, systems performance, and outcomes of alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health services. Students with psychology, education, counseling, social work, nursing, medicine, and public health backgrounds analyze current trends and research in behavioral health services. Graduates are prepared to work in mental health, alcohol, drug abuse, and public health organizations, as well as in research and consulting firms. Examples of sub-specialization areas include children‚ mental health, policy and behavioral health services delivery; the behavioral health needs of at-risk populations, and mental health planning, evaluation, & accountability. Five graduate degree options are offered:

The Master of Public Health (MPH) Concentration in Behavioral Health:
A non-thesis degree program that prepares students for a professional career in behavioral health services. Requirements include completing five COPH core courses, behavioral health courses, a field experience, a comprehensive exam, and a special master’s project.

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) Focus in Behavioral Health:
A thesis degree program that prepares students for careers in applied behavioral health research and outcomes evaluation. Requirements include completing a set of COPH core courses, coursework in behavioral health, courses in research methods, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis.

The Masters of Social Work/Masters of Public Health Dual-Degree Program (MSW/MPH) (Behavioral Health Concentration):
An advanced dual degree program for students interested in combining clinical social work with public health and a concentration in behavioral health (including mental health and substance abuse services). The combination of degrees in public health and social work ideally equips graduate students to prepare for careers in social work, public health, and behavioral health settings with the ability to fill clinical, administrative, and evaluative roles which positively affect the lives of women, children, and various populations-at-risk in a changing society. Requirements for the Dual Degree Program include both core and elective courses in social work, public health, and behavioral health; a combined clinical/public health field placement in the community; a special master’s project; and a comprehensive exam in public health/behavioral health.

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Focus in Behavioral Health:
An advanced professional degree program for students intending to pursue leadership and executive management opportunities in behavioral health services. The curriculum at the doctoral level is individualized based upon the student's career goals and previous work experiences. Requirements include two years of previous experience in public health, COPH prerequisites (for individuals without an MPH or MSPH), DrPH required courses, behavioral health focus courses, qualifying exams, field placement, and a practice-based dissertation. Interested students should consult the DCFH Doctoral Program Guidelines & Manual for the complete degree requirements.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Focus in Behavioral Health:
An advanced research degree program for students intending to pursue academic, research, or high-level administrative careers in behavioral health services. The curriculum at the doctoral level is individualized based upon the student’s career goals and previous experiences. Requirements include COPH prerequisites (for individuals without an MPH or MSPH), departmental foundation courses, behavioral health courses, research methods, qualifying exams, and a dissertation. Interested students should consult the DCFH Doctoral Program Guidelines & Manual for the complete degree requirements.

Behavioral Health Student Organization

The Behavioral Health Student Organization (BHSO) serves as a forum for those with an interest in Behavioral Health. The BHSO mission is to educate and increase awareness of Behavioral Health issues and projects within the United States and abroad. The BHSO provides ample service and learning opportunities to network with students, faculty and the greater Behavioral Health community.

Additional Information

Bruce Lubotsky Levin, DrPH, MPH
Associate Professor
Colleges of Behavioral & Community Sciences and Public Health
University of South Florida
13301 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33612-3807
813-974-6400
levin@usf.edu

Alexandra Albizu-Rivera
Graduate Student Assistant
albizurivera@usf.edu

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