Behavioral Health Courses

BH  612 - Introduction to Community Health Concepts (2)

This course will introduce the health professions graduate student to key concepts and issues of working with individuals ands their health needs in community settings.

BH  614 - Foundational Skills for Behavioral Health Practice (1)

This course presents foundational research and writing skills for the behavioral health practitioner. Students will learn basic health education skills and explore behavioral health settings in the community.

BH  620 - Survey of Physical and Psychological Disease and Treatment (4)

This course is an overview of current major physical diseases and psychological disorders (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, depression, anxiety, substance abuse) with a focus on those that disproportionately impact underserved populations. This course focuses on the behavioral aspects of physical health as well as the medical sequelae frequently associated with behavioral health diagnoses. A survey of pharmacokinetics and an introduction to the drug classes will also be covered.

BH  621 - Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health (2)

This course provides an overview of guidelines governing legal, ethical, and professional expectations in the various health care domains. The development of ethical principles as a consequence of important historical events will be reviewed.

BH  622 - Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care Settings (3)

This course will introduce students to the models and best practices of integrated behavioral health practice with a focus on working with diverse populations in primary care settings. The course will emphasize key aspects of behavioral health practice including assessment, intervention, and consultation. Policy implications related to integrated care, will also be emphasized.

BH  623 - Team Leadership and Inter-Professional Collaboration (2)

This course will focus on the structure of a variety of behavioral health settings, as well as methods of effective collaboration with the various professionals who work in those settings (e.g., nurses, physicians, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, and other health professionals). Strategies for quality leadership and facilitation in inter-professional teams will be emphasized.

BH  624 - Chronic Conditions: Biopsychosocial Aspects and Interventions (3)

This course will provide students background on the biological, psychological and social factors which interact to determine functional capacity in individuals with chronic health conditions. Content will focus on the Healthy People 2020 priorities of musculoskeletal conditions, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular health, diabetes, developmental and neurological conditions, HIV, mental health, obesity, aging, and substance abuse. Students will learn select medical aspects of those conditions including symptoms, diagnoses, treatments, and prognoses. Emphasis will be placed on the psychosocial factors and issues that influence the ways individuals and families deal with chronic conditions and on culturally appropriate, evidence-based, interdisciplinary interventions that can improve care coordination and disease self-management by the individual and the family. A student who is not enrolled in the MSBH program should obtain permission of the instructor prior to enrolling.

BH  625 - Behavioral Health Fieldwork I: Planning and Development (1)

Students will be placed in behavioral health settings that serve diverse populations 8 hours per week for 120 total practice hours. They will collaborate with agency personnel in review of the work of the setting and participate in a program planning and development. Students will commence the development of their fieldwork project to improve healthcare access, delivery, and or outcomes.

BH  635 - Behavioral Health Fieldwork II: Implementation and Evaluation (1)

In this course students will continue their placements in behavioral health settings that serve diverse populations for 120 practice hours. They will collaborate with agency personnel to implement and evaluate projects that promote health and wellness, improve healthcare access, delivery, and/or outcomes, or contribute to policy considerations.

BH  640 - Behavioral Health Informatics (3)

This course will provide an introduction to the use of information technology to support and improve behavioral healthcare, particularly in reaching currently underserved populations. In particular, the course will introduce students to best practices in the use of electronic and personal health records and other web-based tools for client screening, assessment and treatment. Health information privacy, confidentiality, and security issues will be presented and other ethical issues in health informatics will be discussed. Attention will also be given to exciting new opportunities that are emerging as new technologies become available, including mobile apps, telemedicine, and other “smart” technologies and devices. Students will explore the challenges to implementing behavioral health informatics technologies in community and integrated healthcare settings.

BH  645 - Master's of Science in Behavioral Health Capstone (1)

This Capstone course provides MSBH students with the opportunity to integrate and apply academic learning through the completion of a project in partnership with, and on behalf of, their fieldwork agency. This project should demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and values needed to develop and improve evidence-based health programs and community-based services. This course will also give students the opportunity to strengthen their professional communication skills in a final report and through a formal oral presentation to agency personnel, students, faculty, and invited guests. This course may be taken concurrently with BH635 or, with instructor permission, in the semester following the completion of BH635.