Master of Arts in Human Services, Mental Health Administration

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(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)


ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

HUM 5010 Overview of Human Services
This course is designed to introduce the student to the broad field of human services, the types of disciplines represented in the field, the general nature and scope of services provided by the disciplines, the similarities in services provided, and the differences among the disciplines. A major emphasis will be on the ways in which human services professionals can effectively and efficiently interact to enhance service delivery and maximize the use of valuable resources.

PSY 5130 Lifespan Development
This course surveys the major theoretical perspectives on life span development from conception through late adulthood. Developmental processes related to physical, cognitive, moral, and emotional functions are reviewed as well as societal and cultural aspects of development.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice & Law*
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting organizational leadership. Topics related to discrimination and anti-harassment, personnel selection procedures, standards for psychological testing, and social media will be explored. Students will learn principles of ethical decision-making and corporate social responsibility as well as explore the impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas create for organizations. Students will master the importance of non-discrimination and anti-harassment legal principles including affirmative action, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 through the study of laws and relevant court decisions. Students will also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other relevant professional code of ethics. Students will further master essential consumer protection principles.

HUM 6100 Group Theories & Human Systems
This course will explore group theories and groups as human systems. Students will study how large and small groups are utilized in human service organizations. The students will also gain an understanding of group dynamics and functionality for the application of research and theory relating to large and small groups and human social systems for the enhancement of service delivery. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding group systems theory and human behavior within human services and society.

HUM 5300 Human Services Delivery Skills & Processes
This course provides students with a broad overview of the laws and regulations that govern delivery of services in the various human services disciplines. Cross-disciplinary regulations, policy development and review in agencies, and methods to impact policy /regulation development and revision at the state and national level are areas of emphasis. In addition, a variety of expected, required skills and knowledge for human services professionals will be explored.

HUM 5100 Integrative Project for Human Services Learners
This course provides the opportunity for students planning careers in human service agencies to apply knowledge and skills obtained throughout the program in a practical way. Students may opt for projects in new program/service delivery design, program evaluation, quantitative or qualitative research on an issue in human service delivery, or other appropriate areas, approved by the instructor. HUM 5100 is intended to be a capstone course in the student's program.

Mental Health Administration Specialization

ORG 5650 Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Care Compliance
This course familiarizes the student with major areas of compliance in the administration of mental health agencies. Through readings and exercises students will explore HIPAA, JCAHO, other accrediting bodies, grant compliance, insurance regulations and lobbying efforts on behalf of mental health systems of care. Other topics may also be examined as new issues arise.

ORG 6660 Fiscal Administration in the Mental Health Care Systems
This course explores the common metrics organizations use, the data used in support of those metrics, the assessment of fiscal outcomes, trends and events. Identifying cost centers and programs is considered. Students will evaluate differing funding streams that could potentially support the provision of services including public funding, public insurance programs (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare), government and foundation grants, and private donations. Fundraising efforts as applied to an overall budget strategy will also be considered.

HUM 5500 Human Services Administration
This course draws from the concepts of organizational behavior and leadership theory and human services policy to present the students a conceptual framework for leading a human services organization. Leadership issues unique to human services settings will be discussed, with the focus on developing effective leadership styles for deployment in human services agencies.

Total Credits 33

* This course may not be transferred in.

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