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Course Descriptions

Course I: PHC 6539 Foundations in Adolescent Behavioral Health

This course focuses on adolescent behavioral health through a detailed examination of the interaction of epidemiology, disease surveillance, social neuroscience, environmental vulnerability, pharmacology, and developmental risk & resiliency that affect the lives of adolescent populations at risk for drug use and mental disorders. The benefits of service learning with perspectives on adult learning theory, distance learning, and blended learning methods will be highlighted.

Course II: PHC 6728 Translational Research Methods in Adolescent Behavioral Health

This course will provide an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methods, measurement models and skills of research relevant to translational research and the core principles of implementation science and the transfer/translation of knowledge from the research setting to clinical practice settings. Course material will place special emphasis on skills of research for developing translational researchers, and strategies for being culturally competent, and career-minded in the mediation, cultivation and development of translational research skills, and the implementation of evidence-based practices. Emphasis is placed on service needs of children and adolescents with co-occurring disorders as the population of interest.

Course III: PHC 6729 Advanced Research Education in Adolescent Behavioral Health

This course focuses on advanced topics in community-based participatory research in child and adolescent behavioral health. It will also focus on organization readiness to adopt evidence-based practices in child and adolescent behavioral health.

Course IV: One elective course will be selected by participants from a list of approved electives selected based on their relevance to the goals and objectives of the Institute. Course substitutions will be considered on a case by case basis. Courses are provided across graduate programs in three USF Colleges (College of Public Health, College of Education, and College of Behavioral and Community Sciences). Participants may choose to select a traditional in-class course or a web-based course.

Service Learning Courses:

PHC 6946 Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I

The purpose of this course is to orient students to the organizational context of community agencies and implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings. In this course students will complete the initial phase of the Capstone Project which is the service learning component of the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health training program.

PHC 6947 Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health II

In this course students will complete the second phase of the Capstone Project which is the service learning component of the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health training program. During this course, students will implement research projects conceptualized in the Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health I course.

PHC 6948 Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health III

In this course students will complete the final phase of the Capstone Project which is the service learning component of the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health training program. During this course, students will analyze and report findings from research projects conducted during the Service Learning in Adolescent Behavioral Health II course.

Coursework Timeline

Spring Semester
Year 1


•Orientation
•Conference Attendance
•Course I (3 CH)


Summer Semester
Year 1


•Course II (3 CH)
•Service Learning I (1 CH)



Fall Semester
Year 1


•Course III (3 CH)
•Service Learning II (1 CH)



Spring Semester
Year 2


•Elective (3 CH)
•Service Learning III (1 CH)
•Capstone Presenation at Conference

The Institute will take place over four semesters. Program participants will each earn twelve graduate credit hours from coursework and three credit hours from the service learning project, conducted over three semesters.

In the first semester of the program, participants will take part in an orientation to the Institute during the first week of classes. Scholars will then attend the Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference (see link to conference website, http://cmhtampaconference.com/) during the first week of March where they will meet with their community agency and academic mentors. Institute scholars will also attend the conference a year later (in the 4th semester of the program), where they will present their completed Capstone Projects. Following the second annual conference, remaining course hours will be dedicated to the preparation of manuscripts for submission and publication in peer-reviewed journals. Participants will also be strongly encouraged, with the assistance of their mentors, to prepare a grant application for implementation of evidence-based practices in a community setting.