Behavioral Health Statewide Program
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, behavioral health is the study of “mental health and substance abuse, life stressors and crises, stress related physical symptoms and health behaviors.” It is a dynamic and growing field that focuses on promoting positive health behaviors while reducing or eliminating health risk behaviors.
The goal of this program is to foster resilience in an environment that supports students from diverse backgrounds and life experience. The program is designed to transfer to University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s baccalaureate social work program at the Universities at Shady Grove campus. The program also serves to train students for entry level positions as aides or technicians in various mental health disciplines.
The Behavioral Health AA is a designated statewide program. The Maryland Higher Education Commission designates some community college programs as statewide programs. A student may enroll in any of these programs at the same rates as in-county residents if the program is not offered by their local community college or if the student cannot enroll due to an enrollment limit. For more information on statewide programs, please see Curricula Informationnew windownew window.
Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in behavioral health promotion including: the determinants of mental health; stress; coping; anxiety, mood and personality disorders; substance abuse; and treatment.
- Identify and model examples of ethical and professional behavior.
- Demonstrate an understanding of group processes and behaviors including: identity, formation, structure, power, influence, leadership, and performance.
- Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Use critical thinking skills to solve problems relevant to the practice of behavioral health.
The program is designed to transfer to University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s baccalaureate social work program at the Universities at Shady Grove campus. MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions. See all transfer agreements.
For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.Some require a Bachelor’s degree. Careers include psychiatric aide, psychiatric technician, clinical psychologist, community health worker, and occupational therapy assistant.
- MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
- Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.
A suggested course sequence for students follows.
- All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
- Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
- Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
- All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide (PDF, ) and consult an advisor.
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours *
- HLTH Elective 3 semester hours *
- BIOL 101 - General Biology 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- MATH 117 - Elements of Statistics 3 semester hours (MATF)
- SOCY 100 - Introduction to Sociology 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- BEHE 100 - Introduction to Behavioral Health Promotion 3 semester hours
- ENGL 102 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Research 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- COMM 108 - Foundations of Human Communication 3 semester hours (HUMD)
- HLTH Elective (HLTH 131 - Drugs and Lifestyle Wellness, HLTH 170 - Introduction to Aging, or HTH 200 - Health
Issues in Human Sexuality) 3 semester hours
- PSYC 102 - General Psychology 3 semester hours (BSSD)
- World Language Elective † 3-4 semester hours (GEIR)
- World Language Elective † 3-4 semester hours (GEIR)
- Art Distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD)
- HLTH 225 - Introduction to Health Behaviors 3 semester hours
- BEHE 200 - Group Dynamics 3 semester hours
- POLI 101 - American Government
- ECON - 201 Principles of Economics I 3 semester hours
- PSYC 203 - Human Growth and Development During Life Span
- PSYC - 215 Child Psychology 3 semester hours
- PSYC 221 - Introduction to Abnormal Psychology 3 semester hours
- NUTR 101 - Introduction to Nutrition 3 semester hours (NSND)
- BEHE 201 - Field Experience in Behavioral Health 3 semester hours
* ENGL 101/ENGL 011, if needed for ENGL 102 or HLTH elective.
† World Language Electives: Choose a General Education language (SPAN, FREN, and CHIN) offering a 101, 102, and 201 sequence.
For students transferring to UMBC: students are required to complete one semester of a language at a 200 level. Students may be able to complete this requirement as part of the associate's degree if they test out of the 100 level class. If not, UMBC at Shady Grove will allow students to transfer up to six additional credits of language.
See the current academic catalog for complete degree information.
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Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.
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