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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (CAB)
with a Concentration in Translational Research and Evaluation (ABTR)

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Master of Science (M.S.)
CIP Code: 44.0000
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 39

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Child & Family Studies Department (CFS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue MHC2330
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Bruce Levin
Phone: 813-974-6400


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The MS in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (CABH) is offered by the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS), College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS). This program will prepare students for careers in public and non-profit mental health, alcohol, drug abuse, youth behavioral health, developmental disabilities, and early childhood programs.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

  • A bachelor's and/or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent from a foreign institution
  • GRE required with a preferred Verbal score in 58th percentile and Quantitative score in 18th percentile for applicants interested in the thesis option.
  • A 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credits of major
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Letters of reference (3)
  • One page statement of goals/career objectives and proposed concentration of interest
  • Complete a background check prior to Field Experience placements

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 39 credit hours

Program Core - 12 credit hours
MHS 6074 - Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health - 3 hours
PHC 6240 - Cultural Competency in Children's Mental Health - 3 hours
MHS 6099 - Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Policy - 3 hours
PHC 6708 - Evaluation and Research Methods in Community Health - 3 hours

Concentrations - 12-15 credit hours
Students select from the following concentration options:

Developmental Disabilities (ABDD) - 15 hours
MHS 6095 - Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Care - 3 hours
MHS 6410 - Intensive Individualized Positive Behavior Support - 3 hours
MHS 6066 - Systems, Services and Supports for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities - 3 hours
MHS 6065 - Issues and Trends in Developmental Disabilities - 3 hours
MHS 6796 - Single Subject Design -OR- MHS 6942- Practicum in Evidence Based Practice - 3 hours

Leadership (ABLC) - 12 hours
MHS 6100- Applied Leadership in Children's Behavioral Health - 3 hours
MHS 6097- Financing in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health - 3 hours
MHS 6096- Program Development and Implementation in Children's Mental Health - 3 hours
MHS 7740- Survey Course in Planning, Evaluation, and Accountability - 3 hours

Translational Research and Evaluation (ABTR) - 12 hours
PHC 6728- Translational Research Methods in Adolescent Behavioral Health - 3 hours
PHC 6729- Advanced Research Education in Adolescent Behavioral Health - 3 hours
MHS 7746- Statistical Applications in Adolescent Behavioral Health - 3 hours
PHC 6539- Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health - 3 hours

Youth & Behavioral Health (ABYB) - 12 hours
MHS 6095- Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Care - 3 hours
RCS 5450- Fundamentals of Substance Abuse - 3 hours
PHC 6542- Epidemiology of Mental Disorders - 3 hours
MHS 6096- Program Development & Implementation in CABH - 3 hours

Electives - 6-9 credit hours
Elective courses vary by concentration (Six hours are required for Developmental Disabilities; nine are required for the other Concentrations)

Comprehensive Examination
Students will sit for the comprehensive exam in the semester in which they complete all core courses and required concentration courses.

Thesis/Non Thesis - 6 credit hours minimum
MHS 6972 - Thesis in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health - 6 hours
MHS 6941 - Applied Field Experience Seminar- 6 hours

College Degree Requirements

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