Certificate in Behavioral Health


The Certificate in Behavioral Health from George Fox University provides students with coursework designed to demonstrate specialized knowledge in the study of human behavior and health outcomes. This certificate is designed for any Adult Degree student who wants to pursue advanced learning in these areas, add an emphasis to their existing major of study, highlight a specialization in their current or future occupation, or demonstrate higher level learning in these areas to graduate schools.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this certificate program, students will be equipped to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key components of psychology to include the following: psychological theories, the scientific method, structures and functions of the brain, sensation, perception, learning, memory, emotion, and motivation.
  • Evaluate how gender, culture, ethnicity, and ethics relate to the understanding of human behavior.
  • Identify and articulate key concepts of social psychology to include the impact of influence, stereotypes, prejudices, attitudes, culture, and social awareness.
  • Assess ethical decision-making and morality in social psychology.
  • Discuss causes of stress and how they impact the body psychologically, physiologically, and spiritually.
  • Articulate cultural and gender implications of stress.
  • Analyze stress reduction techniques and ways to improve work/life balance.
  • Examine the major theories of personality development and concepts to include environmental influences, self-awareness, and empathy.

Admission Requirements

An online application must be submitted and accepted before a student begins their first certificate course. All courses in the Behavioral Health Certificate program must be completed and approved through the Adult Degree Program.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be considered on a case-by-case basis after an application has been submitted.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the following:

Not all courses are offered every year. The certificate is successfully finished when all certificate courses are completed with grades of C- or better and a certificate GPA of 2.0 or above.
This course is a study of major theories of personality, including Freudian, Neo-Freudian, behaviorist, trait, and humanistic theories. An experimental dynamic will involve synthesis of important elements of theory, faith, and personal thought processes and behaviors.
This course explores the study of human behavior through a scientific and sociocultural lens. The foundational concepts included in this course are as follows: the history and major theories of psychology, disciplines in the field of psychology, biological bases of behavior, scientific method, sensation, perception, learning, memory, emotion, and motivation. Gender, cultural, and ethnic considerations are explored as they relate to understanding human behavior, perceptions, and emotions.
This course incorporates a theoretical and experiential exploration of the causes and effects of stress physiologically and psychologically. Students will be introduced to physical, mental, and spiritual techniques to reduce stress and increase relaxation.
This course will introduce students to the concepts that can affect social situations and events in their everyday lives. Students will explore the impact of culture, perceptions, prejudices, stereotypes, and attitudes on social awareness and interpersonal relations. This course will engage students in ethical decision-making processes as they relate to modern and historical approaches to social psychology.