Master of Science in Behavioral Health

The Master of Science in Behavioral Health at USF is a one-year degree program that prepares students to address disparities present in current health care delivery systems. Students examine the intersection of physical and psychological factors that contribute to inequalities in health care delivery and work to alleviate such disparity in the field.

Graduates of the program work collaboratively with other health professionals to analyze and address complex health-related challenges in diverse communities. The program aims to provide graduates the tools to propose strategies for improving health care access, delivery, and evaluation of industry policy and practices.

What is Behavioral Health?

Behavioral health in a clinical setting concerns the psychosocial, cultural, biomedical, and health care delivery policies and practices that affect the daily lives of health care recipients and practitioners.

Curriculum

This is a full-time, one-year intensive program. The curriculum has been developed to focus on developing skills during the first semester, so students are better prepared for their fieldwork in their second and third semesters.

At the completion of the program, the graduate will:

  • Evaluate historical and contemporary health care systems, regulations, and policies
  • Describe how health care systems serve diverse communities
  • Analyze and evaluate the psychological and sociocultural factors that affect an individual's health behaviors
  • Exhibit the knowledge and communication skills to work collaboratively with various health care professionals
  • Use evidence-based research to analyze, evaluate, and propose improvements to health care systems
  • Identify barriers to health care access and delivery, and propose solutions
  • Actively contribute to the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective behavioral health care programs and campaigns in diverse settings
Admission to the Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH) program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's preparedness for graduate-level study. The following requirements are considered in the review of applications:
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree (in any field) from an accredited institution
  • Successful completion, with a grade of "B" or better, of the following undergraduate courses (each course must have been taken for at least 3 units):

Statistics

Biological or Life Science

General/Introductory Psychology

  • Completed online application form and fee
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from colleges/universities attended where the highest degree was obtained
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Personal statement; Please tell us about your interest in working in behavioral health with underserved populations. Please include relevant information about your values, work history, life experience and education that have led you to pursue this degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation; one must be from an individual familiar with your academic background (a faculty member or instructor)
  • Résumé
  • For international students only: TOEFL scores (a minimum score of 600 or 100 INB required), Certificate of Finance, and passport copy
  • For more information about how to apply to the MS in Behavioral Health Program, visit the 'How to Apply' webpage