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Graduate Certificate for Social and Behavioral Health with Military Members, Veterans, and Military Families

The online course, Military 101 has been available since June 2015.

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The College of Social Work remains committed to serving the needs of Military Members, Veterans and their Families. The Graduate Certificate for Social and Behavioral Health with Military Members, Veterans, and Military Families is now open to professionals in interdisciplinary fields, with easier access through online distributed learning coursework.

The Graduate Certificate Program has four required courses and two electives. We continue to support our students in the MSW program by making it easy to complete the program with an additional 9 hours of coursework in addition to the requirements for their MSW program. Professionals who have graduated within five years may find that they can transfer in up to 9 credit hours from their graduate level program (depending on which courses they have taken). Generally, those who have recently graduated are likely to be able to transfer 6 of their graduate credit hours.

The Graduate Certificate for Social and Behavioral Health with Military Members, Veterans, and Military Families requires three military specific courses and one course in Addictions:

  • SOWK 737, Overview of Social Work with the Military, Veterans and Their Families educates students about military populations, culture and identifies the needs of active duty service members and their families.
  • SOWK 738, Military Mental Health and the Impact of Trauma explores the contemporary concerns that military members, veterans and families face in today’s world, including Post-traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, Suicide, and Substance Abuse.
  • SOWK 739, Intervention Strategies in Military Behavioral Health and Combat-related Issues examines health, behavioral health and rehabilitation issues confronting military members and veterans.
  • SOWK 758, Dynamics of Substance Abuse explores issues around drugs and addiction that are relevant to health and mental health, including classification of drugs, models of addiction and introduction to treatment and special populations

The other two courses required to complete the program are electives, chosen by the student to further their understanding of the issues facing today’s military members, veterans and their families. Courses such as “Loss and Grief,” “Psychopathology,” or “Crisis Intervention,” are a few examples of the electives available to students in the program.

To learn more about tuition and fees, please click here.

To apply, please click here.

Contact Nancy Brown, Program Coordinator, for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Click here to read the Graduate Certificate for Social and Behavioral Health with Military Members, Veterans, and Military Familes PDF.

Click here to read the Gainful Employment Disclosure related to this program.

Click here for the Graduate School General Information Gainful Employment page.

Also, the College of Social Work and Continuing Education have partnered to present Military Matter, a self-paced online non-degree certificate program for anyone working with military personnel, family members and/or veterans. Click here to learn more.

Certificate of Graduate Study in Drug and Addiction Studies


AOD CertificatePageIndustry, education, social services, criminal justice, treatment centers, and research institutes increasingly demand staff trained in drug and addiction studies. To meet this need for qualified personnel, USC offers the Certificate of Graduate Study in Drug and Addiction Studies.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Drug and Addiction Studies provides post-baccalaureate students with opportunities to develop broad competencies in preparation for employment in a range of fields addressing alcohol and drug-related problems.

The Program is interdisciplinary, involving faculty and courses from several academic departments, including criminology and criminal justice, public health, medicine, social work, and psychology. The Program’s faculty is composed of professionals and researchers prepared to provide students with a range of knowledge in the areas of education, prevention, treatment, and enforcement, both in traditional classroom and experiential contexts.

The Program is designed for completion of 18 hours of credit in three to four academic semesters. During this time, students gain a broad perspective on the alcohol and drug field through the core curriculum and then specialize in one of three areas of emphasis: counselling, research, or prevention.

Curriculum Requirements
All students are required to take:

  • SOWK 758: Dynamics of Substance Abuse

Students are required to take two of the following:

  • SOWK 752: Social Work Intervention in Substance Abuse
  • HPEB 742: Alcohol, Drugs, and Public Health Policy
  • HPEB 540: Drug Prevention
  • HPEB 542: Tobacco Prevention and Control in Public Health
  • PSYC 503: Psychology of Drug Use and Effects
  • NPSY 760: Addictions Rehabilitation
  • NPSY 761: Dual Disorders

Please Note: Not all courses are offered at any given time. Please consult with the department in which the course is listed. You may also check the Master Schedule Online through the registrar’s office to see what semesters courses were offered in the past.

In addition, students will take two approved electives. Half of the courses taken for the Certificate must be at the 700 level or higher.

The College of Social Work administers the Certificate of Graduate Study in Drug and Addiction Studies. Students may pursue the Certificate independently or in conjunction with another graduate course of study.

Admissions Criteria
Admission to the program is on a selective basis and is determined by the academic preparation and personal qualifications of the applicant. The applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, and grade point average of 3.00 for all advanced undergraduate courses. An applicant who has not attained the required GPA and does not possess a graduate degree or significant work experience may be required to submit a score of at least 800 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be substituted for the GRE.

How to Apply
To be admitted to the Certificate of Graduate Study in Drug and Addiction Studies, the applicant must submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • graduate application form
  • two letters of reference from professors or employers
  • an official transcript from each college or university previously attended

If the student has already applied or been admitted to a graduate program at USC, previously submitted materials will be accepted. MSW students can request concurrent enrolment by emailing the Program Director (Dr. Nancy Brown).

Applications should list “Certificate of Graduate Study in Drug and Addiction Studies” on the application form under degree pursued. The Program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Students may begin the Program in Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

To learn more about tuition and fees, please click here.

Application Deadline
While the Certificate does not have a specific application deadline, in order to ensure that we can process your application in a timely manner, we suggest that all documents should be received (including official transcripts from all educational institutions) at least one month prior to the desired term of enrollment.   

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Nancy K. Brown
Certificate of Graduate Study in Drug and Addiction Studies
College of Social Work
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
Phone: (803) 622-2573
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to read the Gainful Employment Disclosure related to this program.

Click here for the Graduate School General Information Gainful Employment page.

Certificate Programs


WelcomeHomeThe College of Social Work offers three Graduate Certificate Programs to provide opportunities for individuals to engage in in-depth study in a focused field of practice. These Certificate Programs are intensive for-credit plans of study, designed to meet the need for trained social workers in high-demand fields of practice.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology Program addresses the educational needs of full-time and part-time students who will be engaged in planning, administration, and provision of services for older adults.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Drug and Addiction Studies provides post-baccalaureate students with opportunities to develop competencies in preparation for employment in a range of fields addressing alcohol and drug-related problems.

The Graduate Certificate for Social and Behavioral Health with Military Members, Veterans, and Military Families provides MSW students with specific knowledge and skills necessary to interact in a military setting and in community settings where the needs of veterans and their families are met. 

In addition, social work students may enroll in a Certificate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies.

 

Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology


GerontologyCertPageThe Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology program addresses the educational needs of full-time and part-time students who will be engaged in the planning, administration, and provision of services for older adults. Students who are earning master's or doctoral degrees in related disciplines are offered the opportunity to obtain specialized preparation for career paths in the expanding fields of gerontology and geriatrics.

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology program provides graduate students with rich opportunities to learn from gerontology educators within several academic units of UofSC. The program is administered by the UofSC Graduate School and is planned by the university's Interdisciplinary Academic Committee on Gerontology. With a commitment to excellence, the Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology program has been developed in relation to standards and guidelines established by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Each student's individualized program of study will be sponsored by one or more departments authorized to offer graduate study. All programs of study are finally approved by the Graduate School.

Curriculum Requirements
The Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology is granted upon completion of a structured program of 21 credit hours of graduate level courses. There are four required courses (three credit hours each) in the core curriculum:

  • PSYC 700 (equivalent to SOWK 771): Psychosocial Approaches to Gerontology
  • MEDI 700: Health Aspects of Aging
  • SOWK 772: Programs and Services for the Elderly
  • Practicum/Field Instruction or Supervised Research

Students can meet the practicum requirement through a departmentally approved residency, field instruction, or supervised research course, exclusive of the student's thesis or dissertation. Social work students may apply one semester of field instruction in an approved aging agency setting to meet the requirement. Health administration students may complete the practicum through a public health residency.

Nine credit hours of electives may be selected from a broad list of graduate level courses available throughout the University. It is required that a student take one elective outside of their academic discipline.

All Health Administration students are required to take HADM 764 (Long Term Care Administration).

Other courses, including Independent Study, may be considered for elective credit.

With the approval of the academic unit concerned and subject to the regulations of The Graduate School, courses taken in the Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology can be applied toward a graduate degree. The College of Social Work participates in the Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology program, and some of the elective courses for the MSW program can be used to fulfil requirements for the Certificate. Students participating in the PhD program in Health Services Research in Aging may utilize some Gerontology Certificate Program courses to fulfil degree requirements.

Admissions Requirements
Students currently enrolled in graduate programs at UofSC, and others, must apply for admission to the Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology program through The Graduate School. Requirements for admission include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or a GPA of 3.0 for the last two years of undergraduate coursework
  • A written account of the applicant's past experience, including a statement of purpose for seeking the gerontology certificate and career goals
  • Scores on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), unless the applicant already has earned a graduate degree or is currently completing the requirements for a graduate degree
  • Two letters of recommendation that attest to the individual's ability to successfully undertake graduate study
  • Official transcripts of all colleges attended

To learn more about tuition and fees, please click here.

The initial step in seeking admission to the program is to contact:
Dr. Katherine Leith
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hamilton College
Room 113B
Columbia, SC 29208
Telephone: 803-777-1382
Fax: 803-777-3498

 

Click here to read the Certificate of Graduate Study in Gerontology PDF.

Click here to read the Gainful Employment Disclosure related to this program.

Click here for the Graduate School General Information Gainful Employment page.

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