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Drury GO Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Community Health

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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.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the behavioral sciences and how these apply to behavioral phenomena.
  • Use the scientific approach, skeptical inquiry, and critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior, institutions, and/or organizations.
  • Develop ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
  • Demonstrate competence in writing and oral communication.
  • Optimize career readiness by utilizing disciplinary content and developing effective self-reflection, project-management skills, and teamwork skills.

Career Outcomes

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:

  • Social work
    • Projected growth: 11.5%
    • Median annual wage: $49,470
  • Fundraising
    • Projected growth: 7.8%
    • Median annual wage: $114,800
  • Medical and health services management
    • Projected growth: 17.6%
    • Median annual wage: $99,730
  • Counseling for substance abuse, behavioral disorders, and general mental health
    • Projected growth: 22.5%
    • Median annual wage: $44,630
  • Probation and correctional treatment work
    • Projected growth: 3.3%
    • Median annual wage: $53,020