Program Details

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

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Promote Mental Health and Wellbeing

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Prevention puts you on track for an innovative career in preventative psychosocial care. This prevention science degree does not lead to licensure. Instead, students leverage this prevention science master's degree to proactively address the experiential and biological factors that can lead to mental illness, as part of change-making work in fields such as human services, community health and more.

Degree Outcomes

Help Communities Uncover the Path to Wellness

Immerse yourself in preventive science in the prevention science degree program, where you will gain expertise in culturally and developmentally intelligent methods. Graduates of this prevention science master's degree receive training in mental health disorders and care, as well as best practices for preventive programs and strategies. GCU’s Christian worldview means that students gain strong ethical and spiritual foundations across the entire academic experience.

What You Will Learn

Study Methods and Modalities for Preventive Care

Develop a strong foundation in culture, advocacy, ethics, human development and psychopathology as they relate to cultivating mental health and wellbeing. This prevention science degree program’s coursework empowers you to:

  • Develop basic understanding of mental health practices
  • Review evidence-based services, interventions and strategies to promote mental wellness
  • Explore the history of prevention science
  • Study community-based prevention program design

Career Outcomes

Lead Innovative Community Health Initiatives

This prevention science master's degree is designed for students and professionals that would like to promote prevention within mental health. Students who obtain this degree may be prepared to work in schools, churches, hospitals, community-based organizations and settings that provide comprehensive prevention services. As health care organizations adopt increased emphasis on quality, wellbeing and preventive care, this degree is an excellent path to career opportunities in a variety of environments.

Program Domains

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.
34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Program 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 covers a history of prevention science and prevention programs. It examines what has been effective in the prevention field. The course reviews existing evidence-based prevention programs and practices, including how cultural differences have shaped the prevention field.

Course Description

This course covers the different developmental stages and the application of prevention strategies throughout the lifespan. The course examines evidence-based programs utilized throughout the developmental stages.

Course Description

This course reviews community and social health topics and the involvement of prevention science as the first line of defense. The SAMSHA prevention initiative is examined as well as the environmental influences on the implementation of effective prevention programming.

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



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)

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