The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions
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Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH) students have the opportunity to gain meaningful real-world practice in some of the Bay Area’s leading behavioral health agencies. 

In place of a research-based thesis, our students produce an original graduate fieldwork project based on their classroom learning and fieldwork which demonstrates mastery of the profession. The MSBH program has developed partnerships with agencies in the Bay Area, however, those already working in the field may have the option to complete their fieldwork as part of their current job. MSBH faculty will work with students to assess which type of fieldwork placement is best.

In preparation for the fieldwork internship, our MSBH program offers:

  • Fieldwork orientation at the beginning of the program
  • On-going events and seminars
  • Colloquia with local leaders and experts from around the world
  • Resume-building and cover letter workshop
  • On-site and online fieldwork database
  • Opportunities for meaningful, hands-on work
  • Linkages and partnerships with agencies to develop community service and fieldwork opportunities
  • Support provided during one-on-one practice advising sessions with internship supervisors
  • Series of fieldwork courses (Foundational Skills for Behavioral Health Practice, Fieldwork I, Fieldwork II)

USF MSBH On-Going Partnerships in the Bay Area Community

  • BAART Programs
  • San Francisco Department of Public Health, Quality Assurance
  • This placement will focus on a project relating to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, under the guidance of Lisa Golden, M.D. The focus will be on community-oriented primary care in 16 health centers around San Francisco. Some examples of potential projects include, improving staff experiences, patient experiences, and staff communication.

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health, Family Planning
  • This placement will focus on health promotion and developing a social media health education campaign for contraceptives.

  • University of San Francisco, Integrated health clinic needs assessment
  • University of San Francisco: Research and develop application for American Heart Association
  • WellSpace Health

Cohort 1 Fieldwork Projects

Take a glimpse into our recent MSBH Poster Presentation and Graduation Event where students showcase their master's project which is the culminating work from the program based on the work done in the fieldwork experience.

Winter Public Health Day student presenting
Ellen Sereno, MSBH Cohort 2
PHD presenters Winter 2014
Winter Public Health Day Presenters
MSBH cohorts 1 and 2 at poster session
MSBH students on the Fall 2014 Graduation and Poster Presentation
MSBH student smiling and presenting poster
A student presents her master's project based on work in her fieldwork experiences.
Dr. Raffel and attendees
Program Director, Dr. Kathy Raffel, greets Poster Presentation and Graduation day guests.
Student presenting at MSBH poster session
A student presents her master's project based on her work in her fieldwork experiences.
MSBH Cohort 1 Chrissy Field
Congratulations MSBH Cohort 1. Time to celebrate!