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MS in Mental Health & Wellness - Prevention

If you're interested in pursuing a career involving preventative mental health care, the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in Prevention program at Grand Canyon University may be a good fit for you. Read on for more information.

Official Program Name:

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

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals who wish to work with churches, community organizations, and schools to prevent mental health issues in diverse populations may be a good fit for this program. All applicants to Grand Canyon University's master's-level programs must be able to show the completion of an accredited bachelor's degree program with a 2.8 minimum GPA or sufficient scores on graduate admissions tests, such as the GRE or GMAT.

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in Prevention program is a Christian-based degree intended to offer students the opportunity to study the causes of mental illness and how to prevent them. As students move through this program, they have the chance to study mental health disorders, the role of cultural diversity in mental health care, preventative programs and best practices, the history of prevention science, and much more. At the end of the program, students participate in a capstone course. Please note, this program does not lead to licensure.

Learning Format:

Online and evening

Program Length:

34 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Various financial aid options, including scholarships, loans, and grants, may be available for students at Grand Canyon University. Special discounts are available for high school students and military service members. For more information about how to receive financial aid, contact the university financial aid office.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Prevention

The Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in Prevention program consists of 34 credit hours of study, which culminates in a capstone course.

Core Requirements (34 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Liberal Arts
  • Introduction to Mental Health and Wellness
  • Ethics and Cultural Diversity in Mental Health and Wellness
  • Introduction to Prevention Science
  • Prevention Throughout the Lifespan
  • Specific Prevention Topics
  • Community Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Mental Health, Wellness, and Health Care Integration
  • Mental Health and Wellness Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they've graduated, students may be interested in furthering their knowledge by pursuing a doctoral degree in a related field, such as mental health, disease prevention, or health promotion. This degree level may be especially helpful for those looking to work in academic or administrative roles. Doctoral degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Mental Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion Sciences

Career Paths:

The mental health knowledge gained in the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in Prevention program may prepare students for a variety of roles working with patients and the community to promote mental health. Graduates may find employment in any setting that provides prevention services for mental health issues. Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include those in:

  • Community-based organizations
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Hospitals

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