The B.S. in Behavioral and Community Health is designed to help students better understand the psychological, social, cultural, economic, and environmental circumstances that affect people’s chances for a healthy life. The major is multidisciplinary and includes coverage of health behavior, mental illness and addiction, social epidemiology, ethical issues, research methodologies and data analysis, community outreach strategies, and professional development opportunities.
The program prepares students to work with individuals, groups, and families in health behavior programs, mental health centers, social service agencies, wellness centers, research centers, and media organizations, as well as in city, state and national health departments. For students who are interested in becoming substance abuse counselors, the Missouri Credentialing Board (MCB) gives credit for applicable degrees, which reduces other credentialing requirements for applicants. The MCB considers the B.S. in Behavioral and Community Health to be an applicable degree.
The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Community Health requires 48 credit hours of coursework.
Jobs in social and community service management are projected to grow 13% by the year 2028 nationally. The median annual wage is $65,320. The average wage for social and community service managers in Missouri specifically is $61,950.
Some career paths require advanced training and certification. A Bachelor of Behavioral and Community Health degree will prepare you for a variety of roles, including: