- Eleonora Bartoli, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Counseling
- Katherine Isselmann DiSantis, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Chair, Department of Public Health
About the Dual Degree 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 counselor with the tools of public health.
- The Master of Arts in Counseling allows students to become licensed as professional counselors in Pennsylvania.
- The Master of Science in Health Education Degree educates community 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 of Arts in Counseling 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
- Dual degree candidates must be accepted to each of the programs in order to enroll in the dual degree (only one application will be required).
- 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 programs that use evidence-based research and project-based learning to prepare health professionals for a rapidly changing global environment. Health education internships and international experiences are threaded through the curricula.
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 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 Science in Health Education degree explores the social determinants of 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 clinical training with their Health Education Community-based Internship requirement.
The Counseling program is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).
Goals and Objectives
Community Health (M.S. in Health Education)
The Master of Science in Health Education degree educates community 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 goals of the Community Health Education program are to:
- Educate community health professionals and develop the skills needed to promote health within communities.
- Provide an academic environment that integrates community public health education with research and practice.
- Translate knowledge into practice through collaborative service projects both domestically and internationally. This can be accomplished through internships with community-based organizations and local health departments.
- Employ scientific investigation to advance public health knowledge of the relationship between health and the structural environment within which individuals live and work.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The Master of Arts in Counseling 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.
The program is structured to develop professional level competence in:
- Communication and listening
- Critical and analytical thinking
- Interpersonal and cultural sensitivity
- Understanding self through introspection and realistic self-critique
- Adhering to professional, ethical and legal standards and behaviors
- Generating and testing hypotheses about human behavior
- Understanding the theories and techniques of counseling and behavior change
- Using counseling skills in individual and group settings
- Integrating and applying assessment, diagnostic, consultation and educational strategies
Dual Degree Goals and Objectives
- Learn about health education and counseling psychology principles from a global perspective.
- Integrate knowledge and skills about health with clinical counseling training through community projects/internships that enhance their combined skills within the United States and/or internationally.
- Impart enhanced understanding of contextual factors impacting health issues of individual patients or communities and how to intervene at both a local and systemic levels.
- Combine the advocacy and education agendas proposed by both the health education and counseling fields to most effectively address the individual’s health concerns.
Dual degree candidates must be admitted to each of the programs in order to enroll in the dual degree program. Deadline for fall admission is January 15. Deadline for spring admission is September 15.
Program-Specific Admission Requirements
The following requirements must be met:
- A graduate application, including personal statements, to be completed online at www.arcadia.edu/gradapp.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.
- One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
- Completion of at least three Psychology courses, to include Introductory Psychology, with grades of “B” or better in each.
- Three letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature and one a health professional. If the student has been out of school five years or less, at least one letter must come from a professor.
Knowledge of the Health profession through work or volunteer experience.
- An interview with the Counseling department (by invitation only).
- Test scores are not required of applicants with an earned master’s degree or who have a GPA greater than a 3.0. Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), taken within the past five years are required for all other applicants.
- International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.
Tuition for 2018-19: $760 per credit for Counseling. $750 per credit for Health Education.
- Registration: $50 per semester
- Technology: $50 per semester
- Parking: $50 per semester or $100 per year (Fall and Spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.
Graduate students who have been accepted into a degree program and are enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit www.arcadia.edu/finaid for information regarding available aid options and visit www.arcadia.edu/gradfinaidapply to complete required forms online.
Graduate Assistantships/Graduate Student Employment
Graduate Assistantships/Graduate Student Employment may be available to graduate students registered for at least 9 credits per semester. Students may apply for assistantships/graduate student employment upon acceptance and registration. Questions regarding graduate assistantships should be directed to the Office of Graduate & Undergraduate Studies at 215-572-2925.
Graduate students are eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan programs provided they are taking at least 6 credits per semester (in the summer, 6 credits over all summer sessions combined satisfies this requirement). For more information, visit www.arcadia.edu/finaid.
(42 credits for the M.A.C. program and 36 credits for the MSHE program, with 6 credits shared)
Year 3 (9 credits)
- PBH XXX Elective
- PY 630 Counseling Internship (6 credits)
Year 3 (6 credits)
- PY 631 Counseling Internship (6 credits)