Montgomery College 2021-2022 Catalog 
    Jun 05, 2023  
Montgomery College 2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavioral Health AA, Statewide Program: 616

: 616

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, behavioral health is the study of “mental health and substance abuse, life stressors and crises, stress related physical symptoms, and health behaviors”. It is a dynamic and growing field that focuses on promoting positive health behaviors while reducing or eliminating health risk behaviors. The goal of this program is to foster resilience in an environment that supports students from diverse backgrounds and life experience. The program is designed to transfer to UMBC’s baccalaureate social work program at the Universities at Shady Grove campus. The program also serves to train students for entry-level positions as aides or technicians in various mental health disciplines.

General Education Course Selections

Click here to view the Foundation/Distribution Courses  for selection to fulfill the General Education course requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

General Education Requirements

Foundation Courses

Distribution Courses

Institutional Requirement Courses

Total Credit Hours: 60

ENGL 101 /ENGL 011 , if needed for ENGL 102  or HLTH elective.

 World Language Electives: Choose a General Education language (SPAN, FREN, and CHIN) offering a 101, 102, and 201 sequence.

For students transferring to UMBC: students are required to complete one semester of a language at a 200 level. Students may be able to complete this requirement as part of the associate’s degree if they test out of the 100 level class. If not, UMBC at Shady Grove will allow students to transfer up to six additional credits of language.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in behavioral health promotion including: the determinants of mental health; stress; coping; anxiety, mood and personality disorders; substance abuse; and treatment.
  • Identify and model examples of ethical and professional behavior.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of group processes and behaviors including: identity, formation, structure, power, influence, leadership, and performance. 
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Use critical thinking skills to solve problems relevant to the practice of behavioral health.