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Certificate in Mental Health

Our new mental health certificate is designed for undergraduate students who may be interested in clinical psychology and would like to gain additional skills to help those with mental health challenges.

This 15-hour program allows students to quickly add the certification to their existing major, however, the certificate can be earned with or without concurrently pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Students must maintain a grade of B or better for each course.

A complete list of courses can be found in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Plan of Study

Requirements – total of 9 hours

  • PY 101 – Introduction to Psychology (or Honors PY 201)
  • PY 218 – Abnormal Psychology (or Honors PY 228)
  • PY 397 – Community-Based Practicum in Psychology (3 credits)

Electives – total of 6 hours

Select two from the following:

  • PY 305 – Medical Psychology
  • PY 322 – Applied Behavior Analysis
  • PY 325 – Clinical Child Psychology
  • PY 435 – Motivation and Emotion
  • PY 418 – Psychotherapy and Behavior Change


  • PY 101/PY 201 and PY 218/PY 228 may count towards the Psychology Major and the Mental Health Certificate
  • PY 101/PY 201 may count towards the Psychology Minor and the Mental Health Certificate.


Contact a Psychology Advisor for more information.