What will I learn?

Why study Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Health and Human Services Community Mental Health Concentration at UB?

Health and Human Services (HHS) is one of six major areas in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary major. It studies the systems delivering human services to individuals and communities in need, the problems affecting those individuals and communities, and the professions and professionals providing services.

For more information on the community mental health or social gerontology concentration areas of the SSC/Health and Human Services majors please see their individual pages.

The HHS/Community Mental Health major surveys topics in the mental health field and examines the diverse needs of mental health clients. In addition it looks at the personal and social issues which can impact a mental health population such as personality development, addiction, family structures, access to care , diversity and counseling theories.

For more information on the early childhood studies or social gerontology concentration areas of the SSC/Health and Human Services majors please see their individual pages.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this concentration students will be able to:

  • Identify a range of health and human service professions, characteristics of HHS professionals and social service organizations; understand client problems and needs and the theories that support human service interventions
  • Understand the methodology of social science research: critically evaluate social research; propose a research project that would answer a significant research question
  • Utilize foundation statistical methods to evaluate data in relation to knowledge claims
  • Recognize the effect of human values and diversity of culture on the provision of health and human services: understand key concepts such as patient/client autonomy and informed consent within the health and human services fields
  • Demonstrate understanding of various mental health areas such as mental illness, developmental disabilities, addictions, child mental and emotional health.
  • Identify community organizations, agency structure and function; client populations and problems; employment of specific helping techniques
  • Demonstrate personal characteristics, professional skills and knowledge of ethical guidelines associated with entry level human service positions
  • Develop writing, oral presentation and interview skills necessary in human service fields

Career Outlook

Students who graduate from the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary/Health and Human Services major are prepared to work in such areas as mental health, developmental disabilities, addictions treatment, human resources, and community education in private, public and governmental agencies.

Students have reported obtaining employment with Queens District Attorney’s Office, Independent Health, American Cancer Society, Peaceprints, People, Inc., Memorial Sloan Kettering, Autistics Services, Inc., the YMCA, Transitional Services, and Kaleida Health.

The interdisciplinary structure of the major prepares students to go on to graduate study in social work, counseling, higher education administration and public health. Students who have combined the major with extra course work in the hard sciences have used the major in preparation for physician assistant, medical or dental school.

Students have gone on to advanced studies at University of San Francisco, CUNY/Hunter College, Hofstra University, Canisius College, SUNY Buffalo, and St. John Fisher College.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$24,540.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020

Venue

University at Buffalo, The State University Of New York

12 Capen Hall,

BUFFALO,

New York,

14260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class. You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university. UB uses a 4.0 grading scale and we expect students applying here to have the equivalent of a 3.0 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B or 83 on a 100-point scale.

For international students

Admission to UB’s freshman class is selective and is based in part on the quality of your secondary school academic record and the number of spaces available in the class.

You should feel confident applying to UB if you have an above-average academic record and have taken challenging courses in high school to help prepare you to be successful at university.

UB uses a 4.0 grading scale and we expect students applying here to have the equivalent of a 3.0 on that scale. That is the same as a grade of B or 83 on a 100-point scale.

Our admissions counselors are experts in the many education systems around the world. They know how to compare your country’s grading scale to the one we use here at UB.

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 70, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 523, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.0, the minimum score of PTE is 50, the minimum score of ACT (English and Reading) is 18, the minimum score of SAT I Critical Reading (Old Version) is 450 and the minimum score of SAT I ERWS (New Version) is 500.

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About this uni

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  • 13:1 student faculty ratio.
  • 94% of recent UB graduates are in graduate school or employed.
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