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Health and Human Services BA - Community Mental Health Concentration/MSW

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Why study Health and Human Services BA - Community Mental Health Concentration/MSW at UB?

The Health and Human Services BA – Community Mental Health concentration and the Graduate School of Social Work offer a five-year program leading to the combined bachelor of arts/masters of social work (BA/MSW) degree. In this this unique program students take undergraduate and graduate coursework leading to the BA/MSW degree. Only Health and Human Services-Community Mental Health majors with junior standing, who have met the minimum admission requirements, are eligible to apply to this competitive program.

Community Mental Health is one of three concentrations in the Health and Human Services major. Each concentration examines the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities in need, social problems, and the professions and professionals providing services. The curriculum incorporates introductory social science, statistics and research methods, human biology, ethics and specialized courses developed for each concentration. 

The Health and Human Services - Community Mental Health major is designed for students with an interest in the mental health field and examining the personal and social factors that affect mental health and wellness. Throughout their course of study, students explore numerous topics including personality development, addiction, family structures, access to care, diversity, and counseling theories and practices.

The Health and Human Services-Community Mental Health undergraduate major is administered by the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs located in 203 Clemens Hall on the North Campus. More information on the undergraduate portion of the BA/MSW may be obtained through their offices. 

For information on the program, vision and focus of the graduate portion of the degree please visit the Graduate School of Social Work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students will have the ability to:

  • Identify a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical human services (HS) problems and client needs; understand the theoretical foundations of human services intervention.
  • Understand the foundational principles of two social science disciplines critical to HS intervention.
  • Critically evaluate social science methodologies and research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question; utilize statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims.
  • Recognize the importance of human values and cultural diversity in the provision of health and human services.
  • Develop personal characteristics and professional skills – e.g., interview, presentation, writing – necessary for success in HS positions.
  • Demonstrate understanding of various mental health areas such as mental illness, developmental disabilities, addictions, child mental and emotional health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community organizations, agency structure and function; client populations and problems; specific helping techniques.

The Learning Environment

The Health and Human Services BA - Community Mental Health Concentration is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals.

Courses in the major are taught in both large lecture, and small seminar field course formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 40-450 students per class. Intermediate and advanced courses typically enroll 40 to 250 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The Health and Human Services BA – Community Mental Health concentration is housed with the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary programs in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

The Graduate School of Social Work may be found in 685 Baldy Hall, just two buildings away from Clemens Hall.

About Our Faculty

Students in Health and Human Services-Community Mental Health take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences and university, allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments such as psychology, sociology, biology, anthropology and global gender studies. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

In addition SSC has several adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields as well as one full-time clinical assistant professor.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program's department website for additional information about our faculty.

For information on the faculty in the Graduate School of Social Work, their research interests and areas of teaching please visit the School of Social Work department website.

Career Outlook

Please visit the Department of Social Work's Career Resources page for information on alumni of the Graduate School of Social Work, placement services, and job outlook.

Academic Advising

Advisement for the undergraduate portion of the degree is coordinated through the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program’s (SSC) office in 203 Clemens Hall. SSC provides advisement on major and university requirements while a student is an undergraduate. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

Once a student is admitted to the Graduate School of Social Work all advisement will be coordinated through that office.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call the office at (716) 645-2247 to make an appointment with an advisor for undergraduate advisement.

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

For information on funding your graduate education please visit the School of Social Work's Funding Your Education webpage.

Associated Programs

 
Published: Jul 15, 2021 08:27:03