What is Behavioral Health?
Some use the term "behavioral health" to refer strictly to mental health care or substance abuse counseling. At USF we think of behavioral health more broadly. The Behavioral Health concentration of the MPH program involves analyzing and understanding how human behavior is influenced by social, physical and mental factors and how human behavior, in turn, impacts physical well-being, empowerment, and engagement in all aspects of care.
Located in San Francisco, this two (2) year program affords students with a unique and exceptional skill set to address disparities in the current health care delivery system. The program has a substantive focus on how to develop evidence-based interventions that have a high likelihood of success – using behavior change theory and holistic models and frameworks, and based on community needs and assessment. As a student in our program, you will examine the intersection of social, physical and psychological factors that impact health and well-being. Through interdisciplinary classes, fieldwork experiences, and a capstone project, you will learn psychosocial interventions as well as tools for planning, managing and evaluating community-based programs and services.
The Behavioral Health concentration in the MPH program will prepare future leaders to address behavioral health issues in local and global communities within a public health framework, using evidence-based, theory-informed, integrated and holistic, social justice approaches. Students in this concentration also will be prepared and eligible to take the Certified Health Specialist (CHES) exam.
- Open to students with a Baccalaureate degree in any field from an accredited institution. View Admission requirements »
- The MPH-Behavioral Health concentration requires 45 credits to graduate (26 credits of core courses + 16 credits of Behavioral Health concentration courses.
- Program starts in the Fall of each year. Courses are offered year round one (1) evening per week over the course of two (2) years at our San Francisco Campus. Courses meet in class one week and online the alternating week. Off-site assignments are conducted during the weeks that you're not attending class in person. View Deadlines and Start your Application »
- Inter-professionalism and Applied Practice Experience Preparation: Students complete 250 fieldwork hours in a public health setting focused on a behavioral health topic.
ideal candidates for the program are:
- Interested in human behavior, especially the intersection between mental and physical health
- Wanting to start a career in behavioral healthcare
- Currently working in the healthcare system and wanting additional skills in interdisciplinary team leadership, program evaluation, and project management
- Wanting a foundation for other careers such as medicine or dentistry