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 community-based and behavioral health agencies.

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 at their place of employment. MSBH faculty will work with students to assess which type of fieldwork placement is best.

In place of a research-based thesis, our students produce an original graduate capstone paper based on their classroom learning and fieldwork to demonstrate mastery of the profession.

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

  • A fieldwork orientation during the first semester
  • On-going events and seminars with local experts in public and behavioral health
  • Assistance with writing résumés and cover letters
  • Linkages and partnerships with agencies to develop community service and fieldwork opportunities
  • A database of potential fieldwork sites
  • Opportunities for learning health education skills such as motivational interviewing which can be practiced in the fieldwork placement
  • Supervision from a faculty fieldwork instructor who provides personalized mentoring
  • A series of fieldwork courses (Foundational Skills for Behavioral Health Practice, Fieldwork I, Fieldwork II) and a Capstone seminar

Renesha Westerfield has been doing her fieldwork with the San Francisco In Home Supportive Services Public Authority. During the spring semester, she researched the training and support needs of workers and family members who play an essential role in enabling disabled individuals to live at home. On May 28th, as part of the SFIHSSPA 20th anniversary, Renesha presented her preliminary findings which will be used to develop training programs for these healthcare team members.


Recent Fieldwork Placements and Projects

Placement Site: UC San Francisco Primary Care Clinic

Project Name: Introducing Developmental Coping Strategies to Pediatric Primary Care: A Child Life Perspective

Placement Site: University of San Francisco

Project Name: Behavioral Health Inter-professional Education Simulation

Placement Site: Rubicon Programs

Project Name: Using behavioral health screening and interventions to improve training and support for the chronically under or unemployed

Placement Site: LIFT – Levantate

Project Focus: Evaluation of a pilot project promoting exercise in youth

Placement Site: Bill Wilson Center

Project Focus: Needs assessment for the development of an employee wellness program

Placement Site: In-Home Supportive Services, San Francisco Authority

Project Focus: Needs assessment to develop support services for in-home care providers

Placement Site: University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry

Project Focus: Development of simulation exercises to teach dental students how to communicate with patients with special needs or health challenges

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!