Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Counseling Psychology

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About the Program

  • This dual degree will enable practitioners to implement both individual and systemic change in the mental health and public health fields, by integrating the tools of the counseling psychologist with the tools of public health.
  • The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology allows students to become licensed as professional counselors.
  • The Master of Public Health Degree educates community public health professionals to promote the health of individuals, families, communities, and the environment. This is accomplished through a program that integrates education, research, and practice in a global environment.
  • The Master in Counseling Psychology educates and socializes students to become practitioners skilled in the art of behavior assessment and change. This is accomplished through a program that integrates theory and practice (both within and outside of the classroom) from the beginning of the program.
  • Part-time and full-time options
  • Some courses offered online
  • Dual degree candidates must be accepted to each of the programs in order to enroll in the dual degree (one common application will be provided).

With dual degrees, students gain knowledge in two fields as they prepare for their professional careers.

Arcadia’s College of Health Sciences has nationally recognized health care programs that make the world a laboratory by providing real-world, integrative learning experiences. Graduate programs use evidence-based research and project-based learning to prepare health professionals for a rapidly changing global environment. Applied and pro bono clinical research, clinical rotations, international fieldwork, and multicultural assessment are threaded through the curricula. Graduate students also conduct research and publish with expert faculty in many fields.

Dual-degree candidates must be accepted into each of the programs in order to pursue dual degrees: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (M.A.C.P.) and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.).

The mental health needs of individuals and the community are inextricably linked with socio-economic factors such as poverty, lack of access to health-care services, and inadequate education. These negative forces profoundly impact an individual’s ability to seek and maintain adequate physical and mental health, and in turn prevent individuals from advocating for themselves to access essential resources.

While Counseling Psychology prepares students to identify lifestyle factors that may lead to increased risk for serious mental health problems, the focus of the training is on the individual, rather than on a population, and on remediation, rather than prevention. In contrast, the Master of Public Health degree explores the frequency, distribution, and social determinants of public health related issues within human populations with a focus on prevention. This dual degree enables practitioners to implement both individual and systemic change in the mental health and public health fields by integrating the tools of counseling with the tools of public health.

In this dual-degree program, students explore the relationship between mental health conditions on an individual level on the one hand, population health and the health of communities on the other. Students are challenged to participate in meaningful internships, develop critical analyses, propose effective solutions, and contribute substantively to the current dynamics linking individual health with the health of communities. There are multiple opportunities for students to work in situations that will allow them to combine their Counseling Psychology clinical training with their Public Health community-based internship requirement. Students earn 78 credits in this three-year program.

The M.P.H. program is in the application process for independent accreditation by the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH). The Counseling Psychology program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC).

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