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University of South Florida · College of Behavioral & Community Sciences · Mental Health Law & Policy

B.S. in Behavioral Healthcare

For More Information Contact:

Kerry Jablonski

Undergraduate Advisor

Community Affiliates

  • A Women's Place
  • ACTS
  • Bay Area Youth Services
  • Center for Girls
  • Family Justice Center
  • Federation of Families
  • Hyde Park Counseling Center
  • Mental Health Care
  • Metro Wellness
  • Metropolitan Ministries
  • Northside Behavioral Health
  • Project Return
  • Success for Kids
  • Tampa Bay Crisis Center


  • Applied Behavioral
    Analyst Associate
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Case manager
  • Day Treatment Therapist
  • Emergency Screener
  • Employment or
    Housing Specialist
  • Family Service Coordinator
  • Psycho-educational
    Group Leader
  • Support Therapist
  • Research Associate
  • Residential Manager


Behavioral health problems, including mental illness and substance abuse, are among the greatest public health challenges facing our communities. New, scientific based treatment approaches are available to treat and prevent many of these behavioral health issues. The Behavioral Healthcare major will expose students to these treatment approaches as well as to issues in the organization, finances, and outcome of behavioral health services.

Career Opportunities

The major in Behavioral Healthcare is available to students preparing to work in the field of mental health and substance abuse following graduation. Combining academic and experiential learning, the program provides students with information and practical experience that is immediately applicable to career positions in the field. For students preparing for graduate school in fields such as psychology, social work, public health, rehabilitation and mental health counseling, or community mental health counseling, the Behavioral Healthcare program will provide students with a strong basis in understanding systems, service delivery, and research.

Career Opportunities Fact Sheet

About the Department and College

The Behavioral Healthcare major is offered by the Department of Mental Health, Law & Policy in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Nineteen faculty members have been selected to teach in this program. Many are nationally recognized researchers in the field. The Department has external funding of $9.8 million to conduct research in mental illness, substance abuse, and related forensic issues.


The Behavioral Healthcare program is a 37-hour program consisting of 22 core credit hours and one or more concentrations (15 hours each). Concentrations include: adult community services, behavioral health research, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), children's mental health, aging and behavioral health, and addictions.

Students may select a second concentration or may choose from selected electives.

Courses will emphasize evidence based practices - that is those that have been shown by research to have validity and be effective. The curriculum will focus on the application of evidence-based practices in a community setting with guest speakers, agency visits, and a hands-on field experience.

Total required hours = 37