The Behavioral Science Major with Specialization in Community Health is designed to provide a program of study for people who are interested in improving the health and well being of people in the community. The credits of the specialization are part of the 36 credits of the major.

The specialization focuses on your major and gives you knowledge and experiences that are directed toward an eventual goal of being a community health educator. The credits of the specialization are part of the 36 credits of the major. The specialization focuses on your major and gives you knowledge and experiences that are directed toward an eventual goal of being a community health educator.

The Behavioral Science major is a very feasible choice of major for transfer students, as it is possible that classes you may have already taken will count towards either required or elective courses. Additionally, the program offers many opportunities for career development through credit-earning internships at a variety of NYC area worksites.

Behavioral Science: Community Health Fast Facts

  • Flexible schedule
  • Study your specific interests
  • Experienced professors
  • Various internship opportunities

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Construct a coherent explanation of major theoretical paradigms and major concepts in psychology and sociology.
  • Identify, and compare quantitative and qualitative methods, research designs, and basic statistical tools during social research.
  • Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies focusing on how the individual develops in the family, school, work, and community.
  • Apply psychological and sociological principles, theories, and research to personal, cultural, and organizational situations.
Purpose

Mercy College's Bachelor of Science program in Behavioral Science is designed for students who wish to broaden their major field to include both Psychology and Sociology. The Behavioral Science major provides a lifetime's worth of useful insights and information about how individuals behave at home, at school, in the workplace, and in the community. This helps to prepare a student for any job or occupation involving people, in multiple settings including education, human services, business, government, and law enforcement.

Mercy College offers a multidisciplinary major in Behavioral Science with a specialization in Community Health ideal for those who are interested in improving the health and well being of people in the community.

Classes are offered at the Bronx and Dobbs Ferry campus and online. Mercy's faculty is comprised of highly qualified and professional instructors who bring many years of practical experience to the classroom and are able to prepare you to succeed in the workplace.

Curriculum

Students who choose the major concentration in Behavioral Sciences with a specialization in Community Health must complete.

  • BHSC 244 Social Psychology
  • BHSC 226 Computers Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • BHSC 271 Med Sociology: Health Care Modern
  • BHSC 348 Methodology Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • BHSC 426 Classics Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • PSYN 232 Health Psychology
  • SOCL 308 Health Care Organization/Management
  • SOCL 366 Medical Ethics

and

four elective courses selected under advisement from the major offerings in Psychology and/ or Sociology numbered 200 and above.

At least two major courses in psychology and two major courses in sociology must be completed in residence at Mercy College. BHSC 370 Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences is recommended for students planning to attend graduate school. BHSC/ PSYN/ SOCL 399 Internship is recommended.

Career Opportunities

This program is appropriate for anyone who is interested in improving the health of individuals in the community. Representative career opportunities include Wellness Coordinator, Health Educator or Health Program Coordinator.

Program taught in:
  • English

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