Certificate in Behavioral Health





Certificate programs demonstrate professional competency for specific skills in a shorter time frame than a traditional undergraduate degree. A professional certificate may:  

      • Enhance expertise   
      • Increase professional opportunities
      • Build reputation   
      • Increase ability to deliver high-quality work.   

Earning a Certificate in Behavioral Health provides students with an understanding of how social, cultural, psychological, and biological factors contribute to health and behavior. Certificate programs are non-degree and achieved after completing classes and training in a specific area or skill. Certificates are generally completed in approximately 5 months or two terms. 


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Program Goals


A professional certificate program should be completed with the following goals to enhance expertise, significantly increase earning power, reputation, and the ability to deliver high-quality work.  


Students are provided with the opportunity to sharpen their skills and knowledge in the field of behavioral health. Courses for the Behavioral Health Certification will focus on the following:  

  • Analyze human development in a global perspective from infancy to death.  
  • Examine developmental processes including socio-economic, cognitive and physical aspects.  
  • Explore psychopathology and mental health topics.
  • Discover social scientific aspects of global mental health and bioethical issues.


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Program Requirements


The Certificate in Behavioral Health program requires:

  • The completion of the required 12 credits, and all courses listed for the course requirements for the specific program.  
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all coursework attempted at UoPeople. 
  • Earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses taken. 
  • Complete all required exams.  

Certificate programs are non-degree and achieved after completing classes and training in a specific area or skill. Certificates are generally completed in under a year.    


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Individual courses are the building blocks of each certificate program. Course requirements are structured to ensure that student study encompasses a broad range of topics and approaches, with an appropriate balance maintained to enhance career skills and knowledge for a Behavioral Health Certification.  


The Certificate in Behavioral Health is a 4-course program demonstrating competence in behavioral health for people in the health science field.  


To view the list of courses in the Behavioral Health certificate, click here.


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Admission Requirements


If you would like to earn a non-degree certificate you must first take the usual steps to apply, including meeting basic admission requirements.

To meet admission requirements, applicants must:

  • Be 16 years old or older
  • Have English proficiency

To apply for admissions consideration to UoPeople, applicants must complete an online application, including payment of a $60 non-refundable Application Fee.


Non-Native English Speakers    

UoPeople’s online programs are American accredited and are taught in English. Therefore, non-native English speakers must demonstrate that they have a strong level of proficiency in English before beginning their program at UoPeople. Read more here.


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Credits earned during certificate studies can be transferred within UoPeople if a student is later accepted into a degree-seeking program.


The transferability of credits you earn at University of the People is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer.


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The field of Health Science is one of the fastest growing fields of study, drawing on information from multiple disciplines such as medicine, social sciences, epidemiology, law, economics and public policy.  To succeed in today’s evolving world and workplace, it’s necessary to have a broad range of tools and skills at your disposal to further advance your career expertise.  A behavioral health certification is one way for students to establish that they have the knowledge necessary to advance their career.  


Students looking to sharpen and enhance their expertise in the field of Behavioral Health will explore areas related to human development, psychopathology, mental health, and genetics. Students will also receive vital practical skills to incorporate into their careers.  


Those who earn a Behavioral Health Certification may go on to advance their careers in hospital administration, public health research, public policy and advocacy. They can also find work in the private sector offering their expertise as health consultants for businesses. They may also continue to further their studies in the public health fields. 


Explore the many career opportunities available to you after earning your certificate here.


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UoPeople is able to offer our students an online degree tuition-free because of our unique model of online higher education. Our minimal processing fees help to maintain our tuition-free online degree structure—allowing all qualified students to receive their online degree without educational instruction expenses, course material or annual enrollment fees. We ask for a non-refundable application fee of $60, and an assessment fee of $200 to be paid by the end of each course.


The estimated total fees for the Certificate in Behavioral Health are $860. 


For more details on cancellation and refund policies, click here.


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Technology Requirements

To complete a certificate at University of the People, students will need to have consistent access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. Most of the learning materials that students will be dealing with in their UoPeople courses are compatible with Adobe PDF or Microsoft Office. Read here to find out more. 


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1. Why earn a Certificate in Behavioral Health?

The UoPeople Undergraduate Certificate in Behavioral Health is an excellent choice for working adults who want to learn more about issues related to human development and mental health online. Perhaps you are interested in a career as counselor or educators, or want to prove to your employer that you have a specific expertise in behavioral health. The Undergraduate Certificate in Behavioral Health can also be completed more quickly than a full degree program, making it an excellent option for those who don’t want to spend years working toward an undergraduate degree.



2. How long will it take to earn my Certificate in Behavioral Health?

The Certificate in Behavioral Health requires the completion of four 3-credit courses. Students can take two courses per term, which means the certificate can be completed in as little as two terms, or approximately four months. Of course, students can choose to take a single course per term, in which case the certificate would be complete in four terms, or approximately nine months. 



3. What kinds of assignments will I complete to earn my Certificate in Behavioral Health? 

Each course will have its own unique assignments. In general, students can expect a mix of writing assignments, discussion board posts, exams, and projects. Expect to spend about 15 hours per week on each course to complete readings, research, writing, and study. 



To find out more about our certificate programs, click here.


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