The Bachelor of Science in Social and Behavioral Health provides students with the opportunity to learn foundation skills necessary to succeed in the dynamic health and social services environments. Courses in the program teach students how community and social factors contribute to a variety of public health problems, policies, and solutions; how to design, administer, and assess social service and/or behavioral health programs to ensure their quality and effectiveness; and how to help people navigate the healthcare system to find the resources they need to be healthy. Students will learn this through courses in health services, health analytics, complementary & alternative healthcare, cultural & social aspects of health, and behavioral & mental health. Upon graduation, students are prepared for advanced graduate and professional school education, and for entrance into the job market in a variety of health- and social services-related settings such as hospitals, public health agencies, research laboratories, mental health agencies, assisted living facilities, insurance companies, rehabilitation facilities, and non-profit organizations caring for marginalized populations.

Complete the online Major Declaration Form to declare a Social & Behavioral Health as your major!

A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    The BS in Social and Behavioral Health provides students with a mastery of the academic subject matter and skills necessary for success in the workplace and further academic environments following graduation. Social and Behavioral Health majors graduate with a working knowledge of the methodologies used to design and assess social and behavioral programs aimed at improving health, as well as the ability to assess social and cultural frameworks of diverse populations of healthcare consumers.

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required:

  • Cost

    This program may be earned more than 50% online but not entirely online - multiple campus visits are required (varying by course).

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses

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    Major Required

    • XIDS-2300 - Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences

      An introduction to how two or more disciplines in the social sciences may contribute to the understanding of a selected topic or theme. Subjects will vary with the year and with the instructors involved.

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    Major Selects

    • ANTH-4130 - Medical Anthropology

      This course provides a general introduction to concepts in medical anthropology, considering health, illness and healing from a biocultural standpoint. Topics covered include cross-cultural understandings of mental and physical health issues, global perspectives on health, and careers in medical anthropology.

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    • POLS-4208 - Health Policy

      This course examines the health policy process at the national, state, and local levels, with a detailed look at the steps in the process, groups involved, and resultant policies. Through group exercises, each student will experience the policy process, gain an understanding of the dynamics of change, and develop the ability to form coherent policies.

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    • POLS-4215 - Management of Non-Profit Organizations

      This course is designed to explore the theoretical principles and practical applications of management for charities and/or nonprofit organizations. The underlying thesis of this course is that by understanding fundamental principles such as developing effective mission and objectives statements, fundraising, marketing and accounting strategies, nonprofits can become more effective and responsive to their constituency's needs. The course will include a field research component.

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    • POLS-4217 - Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

      This course introduces students to the world of grant-writing and management, and provides an opportunity to experience writing actual grants. Students will learn the process of identifying prospective funders, developing relationships with funders, understanding the basics of writing grants, submitting proposals, working as a collaborative, and preparing for the follow up. Students will apply course learning to write and prepare actual grant proposals.

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    • PSYC-3800 - Psychology of Mind and Body

      This course examines the effect of psychological experiences on bio-physiological processes. Topics discussed include: Psychoneuroimmunology, state dependent learning, therapies (e.g., biofeedback, meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery, etc.), disciplines (e.g., yoga, tai chi, etc.), and philosophical conceptions of mind/body relations.

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    • SOCI-3954 - Aging: Past, Present, and Future

      A theory and survey course designed to provide the student with a background in the issues facing individuals as they age. Instruction offers theory, survey of field of aging and discussion.

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    • SOCI-4440 - Medical Sociology

      This course includes the sociological study of physical health and illness, therapy, rehabilitation and the organization of health care systems. It will examine help-seeking behaviors, utilization of health care services, issues of bioethics, and health care service provider roles, as well as race, class and gender stratification within the health care system.

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    • SOCI-4700 - Sociology of Emotions

      Examines the ways in which feelings and emotions are socially and culturally produced, defined, and learned, the ways they are embedded in and emblematic of society, and the consequences of the social construction of emotions for self identity, gender, race and ethnicity, aging, health and illness, inequality, power, work, deviance, ethics, law, etc.

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    • SOCI-4734 - Social Work Skills

      This course is intended to: 1) help students learn the complexity and diversity of social work practice; and 2) help students learn the basic skills necessary to carry out social casework and social group work. Students must come to class prepared to participate in individual and/or group exercises designed to develop these skills.

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    For more information on the Bachelor of Science degree in Social & Behavioral Health, or advising information, contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Pam Hunt Kirk at phunt@westga.edu or email sbhealth@westga.edu.

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives

    Graduates will be able to:

    • Assess social and cultural frameworks of diverse populations of healthcare consumers
    • Demonstrate understanding of human growth and development as related to social and behavioral health issues
    • Demonstrate knowledge of complementary, alternative, and integrative approaches to health and wellness
    • Design and assess social and behavioral programs, research or services aimed at improving health