Become a Leader in Community Mental Health and Wellness Administration
Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration degree program is designed for students who want to pursue a leadership and administrative role in churches, hospitals, community-based organizations and settings that provide social services. You will develop the skills and knowledge for program planning and development, including policies, procedures and working with budgets. You will also explore concepts of effective communication, motivation, supervisory skills, culture, advocacy, ethics, and personal and professional development. This masters in community health degree does not lead to licensure.
Thrive in a Community Health Administration Role
Upon earning your masters in community mental health, you will have the foundation necessary to apply research, mental health and wellness principles, and best practices to your role as a leading administrator. You will build this foundation through exposure to the influence of biological factors, life experience and family history on mental health and wellness. Exploration in areas of human nature, including cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, mental, spiritual and social motivations (along with human resiliency, recovery and function) will also prepare you for success in community health administration.
What You Will Learn
Develop the Skills to Excel in the Mental Health and Wellness Field
As you move throughout the courses in your community mental health degree, you will gain core competencies in the following domains:
- Ethics and Laws
- Social, Cultural and Spiritual Foundations
- Mental and Emotional Health First Aid
- Integrated Health
- Community Mental Health Administration
The masters in community health degree program introduces you to advanced graduate study in the field of mental health, as well as ethics and cultural diversity as it relates to mental health and wellness. You will continue through the program learning public governance, the revenue and expenditure structure of the public sector, and the effective strategic management of human capital as the differentiator in every successful organization. You will also explore the role of government in the economy and the integration of mental health, wellness and health care.
Impact the Wellbeing of Others
The masters in community mental health capstone course completes this community mental health degree program. You will engage in practical, real-world exploration of the mental health and wellness field. With a special focus given to careers in mental health and wellness (along with common duties and tasks performed by professionals in these fields), you will have the preparation to pursue potential career opportunities in mental and social health services and allied professions. You may also pursue a career as a community health administrator.
Program Core Courses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The effective strategic management of human capital is the differentiator of every successful organization. This course examines talent management, workforce diversity, succession planning, employee development and motivation, and performance matrix. This course addresses human resource competencies identified by the Society of HR Management (SHRM). Using the strong strategic HR acumen provided by this course, students will be well-prepared for positions as senior human resources specialists or as general managers. Also LDR-635.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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 (18 months)
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