Mental Health and Wellness: Integrated Health

Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Integrated Health

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Earn a Master of Science in Mental Health Emphasis in Integrated Health

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Integrated Health degree program prepares students for a career in integrated health care. The American Psychology Association defines integrated health care as collaborative efforts among health care professionals to provide patients with comprehensive treatment and improve overall well-being.

Integrated, or interprofessional, health care is characterized by a significant level of collaboration and communication among professionals in their approach to delivering quality care. Diverse professionals work as team members to exchange information related to a patient’s care and develop a treatment plan together that addresses all the various needs of the patient. The goal of integrated health care is to reduce symptoms, improve quality of care and outcomes, increase accessibility to services and lower costs.

Students advancing their career with a master’s degree will specialize in the mental health aspect of integrated health which includes:

  • The exploration of human nature, including cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, mental spiritual and social motivations 
  • Introduction to theory, appropriate strategies and best practices within the integrated health care field
  • An integrated health program assessment, development and implementation
  • Examining the therapeutic relationship between patients and practitioners

The goal of this program is to ensure graduates have the career readiness to assist with, promote and advocate for patient accessibility within integrated health services. Students will explore concepts of cultural diversity, advocacy, ethics, human development and the connection between mental and physical health. To confidently enter into the field after completing the program, students will also learn about the research and best practices of mental health and wellness in its correlation to human resiliency, recovery and functioning within an integrated health-focused environment. This degree does not lead to licensure

Learn the Inner Workings of the Human Mind

This Master of Science in mental health and wellness – integrated health program’s curriculum centers on these five domains:

  • Ethics and Laws: Analyze legal, ethical and community standards, self-care strategies for providers and technology adopted in the field
  • Social, Cultural and Spiritual Foundations: Identify the impact of culture on a patient, resources/support systems that promote health and wellness and the completely to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Leadership: Learn aspects of leadership to manage a facility, assess programs for success and prescribe strategies that motivate professionals and improve their effectiveness
  • Mental and Emotional Health First Aid:Determine coping approaches, understand assessment practices and treatment modalities for mental health disorders and analyze the relationship between mental, emotional and physical health as it relates to human development
  • Integrated Health:Explore the field in-depth by determining best practices as they apply to the model, analyzing the system and latest research, describing the impact of human well-being and translating knowledge and skills into the workplace

The program concludes with a Mental Health and Wellness Capstone course in which students examine concepts covered through practical application and real-world exploration of the mental health and wellness field. Special focus is given to careers and the duties/tasks performed. Areas of study include case management, community resources, working with multidisciplinary teams, ethical situations, record keeping/documentation, creating treatment/care plans and identifying community needs.

Take Next Steps to Become a Mental Health Counselor by Earning an MS in Mental Health & Wellness – Integrated Health Degree

Graduates can pursue an advanced career path as a community health worker, community health outreach worker, community health program coordinator, community health promoter and community nutrition educator. Graduates may also choose to become a field expert, scholar and leader by moving into a doctorate program.

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Total Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course is an introductory course in mental health and wellness practices. The purpose of the course is to develop a basic understanding of mental health and wellness practices and wellness approaches. An overview of mental health disorders, basic overview of treatment practices, and the Dimensions of Wellness are covered.

Course Description

This course covers ethics and cultural diversity as it relates to mental health and wellness. The history of ethics is addressed, including how early ethical models evolved into modern ethical codes in the mental health and wellness professions. How ethics relates to legal standards and issues such as records and billing are addressed. Cultural diversity, sensitivity, and competence are covered.

Course Description

This course examines a variety of factors related to wellness and includes a focus on substance use and abuse, nutrition, weight control, diet, exercise and safety. An exploration of lifestyles factors related to promoting health and wellness across the lifespan is assessed as well as effective coaching for health and wellness.

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of mental health and wellness practice in a community healthcare setting. The importance of documentation, including the maintenance, accuracy, and integrity of health care records, as well as the ethics and policies concerning documentation is covered. The basics of research in the mental health and wellness field, such as data collection, interpretation, and the ethical implications of research, are covered. Information literacy is also covered, to provide a basic framework of common terminology and communication in the integration of mental health and medicine.

Course Description

This course takes a holistic look at the structure and function of the family in contemporary society as well as the many societal influences that affect the family. It examines how modern phenomena such as nontraditional family structures, and the proliferation of technology have impacted today’s families and the way they interact with other community systems. Modern governmental guidelines and ethical challenges, including systems such as foster care, are also addressed. Additionally, the role of cultural norms in family systems and the importance of cultural awareness in working with families in the mental health care system is addressed.

Course Description

This course examines the design of effective community-based and other prevention programs. The strategies for implementing prevention programs and how to conduct effective evaluation of prevention programs is reviewed. The differences and interplay between intervention and prevention is covered, as well as the funding and administration of prevention programs.

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

This course provides a practical, real-world exploration of the mental health and wellness field. Special focus is given to careers in mental health and wellness. The common duties and tasks performed by workers in the mental health and wellness field are investigated. Concepts covered throughout the program are examined through practical application. This course is the last course in the program of study; all other course work must be completed before this course.

Program Locations

GCU Online Student

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 Evening Student

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.

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

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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