Mental Health Administration Specialization

Develop the knowledge and tools you need to continue pursuing your dream of helping others. The Mental Health Administration specialization will help you navigate the structures of complex mental health organizations. You will develop the skills to speak on behalf of modern mental health delivery systems in the dynamic health care industry. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.


Mental Health Administration Specialization for Graduate Degrees

Contribute to the well-being of others when you add the Mental Health Administration specialization to your master’s degree. This specialization includes courses on the application of best practices in the administration of mental health organizations. You will learn how to devise effective decision-making and problem-solving methods that can be used in human services settings. You will discover what motivates personal change and how to maximize the potential for change and development. Courses also cover human service policy, administration, and leadership.


Degrees Offering the Mental Health Administration Specialization

Graduate Mental Health Administration Specialization Courses

HUM 5500 Human Services Administration

3 Credits

This course draws from the concepts of organizational behavior and leadership theory and human services policy to present the students a conceptual framework for leading a human services organization. Leadership issues unique to human services settings will be discussed, with the focus on developing effective leadership styles, promoting self-care practices, and using mindfulness-based strategies to enhance self-awareness and improve organizational effectiveness in human services agencies.

ORG 5650 Contemporary Issues in Mental Health Care Compliance

3 Credits

This course familiarizes the student with major areas of compliance in the administration of mental health agencies. Through readings and exercises students will explore HIPAA, JCAHO, other accrediting bodies, grant compliance, insurance regulations and lobbying efforts on behalf of mental health systems of care. Other topics may also be examined as new issues arise.

ORG 6660 Fiscal Administration in Mental Health Care Systems

3 Credits

This course explores the common metrics organizations use, the data used in support of those metrics, the assessment of fiscal outcomes, trends and events. Identifying cost centers and programs is considered. Students will evaluate differing funding streams that could potentially support the provision of services including public funding, public insurance programs (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare), government and foundation grants, and private donations. Fundraising efforts as applied to an overall budget strategy will also be considered.