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This will drive me nuts for the next year + - March 6th 2015, 06:24 AM

Now that counseling is no longer an option I'm stuck between 3 degree options that I can decide between if I want to go back to my graduate school next year after my dismissal is served. With a bachelors degree in psychology, a masters degree is required for any real job prospects. I left the program on good terms with the faculty and a GPA of 3.7, so I'm not worried about recommendations or admission, just graduating with a degree in my hand

1. Human Development and Family Studies w/ a certificate in Disability Studies and Community Inclusion

The counseling faculty love this degree as an option for me, but I'm not convinced, it seems really ambiguous and "flexible" which doesn't work for me since it's a big investment for me to graduate with no clue what I can or want to do with it. I eventually plan on meeting with the program coordinator for this program. The faculty seem to care, know me really well, and were seldom wrong in what they told me.

2. Health Education and Promotion

I like this much better, but my neurological differences could cause me the same problems that I had in the counseling program and I wouldn't know until graduation (when I was dismissed specifically to avoid failing in the field) and I'm not sure about availability of career options. In theory, it's a good mix of my counseling skills (which I failed at in the traditional sense) and my lifelong health interests without the math. This seems to be to physical health what the Human development degree would be to mental health and if that's the case, then it makes more sense to stick with something that will take some of my credits.

3. Public Health w/ concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences

This looks interesting and may provide better career options than HED, while still incorporating some of it, but if it removes all human interaction then I'm afraid I would hate it. It also requires a practicum which was my downfall in the counseling program. Even if it would be completely different, I'm now afraid of failing at another one.

This was more me venting before I try to sleep because it's driving me nuts, but if you'd like, you can advise me.


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Re: This will drive me nuts for the next year + - March 8th 2015, 04:03 AM

I can't say much about options one or two, but as for option three... I am a Public Health major and let me just say that there is TONS you can do with the degree. Perhaps you can talk to an advisor and see what you would like to do with it if you go this route. Public Health focuses on preventing illnesses, diseases, etc. I'd say you'd still have human interaction in this. For example, on the promotion side of things you can be a part of making or participating in programs in the community. You can reach out to the people in the community and empower them to lead good lives and break barriers. But it's not all just programming and presenting. You can definitely make an impact on the community with Public Health, but again perhaps you can see if there is an adviser for your concentration to see what can be done.

It also definitely does incorporate health promotion and health education into things.


   
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