Graduate Certificate of Completion in Mental Health and Wellness Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Prepare to Load Inspiring Wellness Initiatives

Grand Canyon University’s Graduate Certificate of Completion in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration is a prime opportunity to build your leadership within the mental healthcare profession. Strengthen your understanding of mental and behavioral health, social services, organizational planning and principles of wellness in this multifaceted program.

If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, counseling or a related field, the certificate in community mental health is an ideal next step. Courses in both health and organizational leadership can improve your ability to bring patient-focused, compassionate leadership to diverse communities and settings. This program is not designed to lead to licensure.

Degree Outcomes

Strengthen Your Leadership and Vision

This certificate in community mental health integrates mental and behavioral wellness principles with various aspects of organizational leadership. Learn to bring your vision for community health to life through sound management, planning and strategy, while cultivating your knowledge of various disorders, interventions, program formats and business practices.

What You Will Learn

Learn the Art of Program Planning and Development

Explore concepts of effective communication, motivation, supervisory skills, culture, advocacy, ethics and professional development within the community mental health worker certificate. The program consists of coursework in the following areas:

  • Mental and behavioral health disorders and care
  • Principles of government and economics
  • Public policy and regulatory environment
  • Organizational management
  • Budgeting and financial administration

Career Outcomes

Bring Visionary Leadership to Your Community

Equipped with this graduate certificate in mental health administration, you will be prepared to work in hospitals, wellness facilities, nonprofit organizations, faith-based entities and any settings that provide social services. You may also advance your career within a public policy or health care leadership role, channeling your ability to apply integrated models to community-wide wellness.

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Total Program Credits: 16
Online: 8 weeks
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)

Online: $515 per credit [More Info]

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of mental health, wellness, and health care, including the integration of these three fields. The course covers common mental health disorders, treatments, and supportive services, as well as an integrated focus on the mind and the body. The course examines the health challenges often faced by individuals with behavioral or mental health disorders, and it reviews appropriate services, interventions, preventative services, and treatments to achieve and maintain health and wellness.

Course Description

In this course, the role of government in the economy is explored within the general context of market failure and social equity. Topics include allocation of goods and services, income distribution, externalities, public goods, and public choice theory. This course also examines the impact of macroeconomic events and policy decisions on the budgets and service levels of public entities.

Course Description

This course focuses on how government and public organizations serve their stakeholders, the manner in which their services are carried out, how resources are managed, and how regulatory powers are complied with and/or managed. The best practices in public governance, issues related to transparency, participation, and accountability are examined.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the revenue and expenditure structure of the public sector, including revenue policy, expenditure policy, and budget structure and administration.

Program Locations


Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* Please note that this list may contain programs that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

Program Domains

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program's published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution's catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who started the program in the same year and then graduated within the published program length.

Online and Evening program disclosures (9 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.