School of Health and Human Behavior
Welcome to the School of Health and Human Behavior
The School of Health and Human Behavior is home to outstanding programs that will prepare you for a career where you will make a difference in the lives of people. Grounded in the Franciscan values of contemplation, hospitality, integrity, stewardship and service these programs graduate students with skills in ethical decision making, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and academic excellence.
The School of Health and Human Behavior programs include the following:
- Majors in Criminal Justice, Nutrition and Dietetics, Psychology, Social Work, Substance Abuse Counseling.
- Minors in Criminal Justice, Diversity Studies, Family Studies, Gerontology, Psychology, Sociology, Substance Abuse Counseling.
- Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Why study health and human behavior at Viterbo?
- Regional reputation for excellence in the health and helping professions.
- Nationally accredited programs in Nutrition and Dietetics, Social Work and Mental Health Counseling.
- Faculty who are dedicated to developing the whole student, helping you find your passion and to your success!
- Internship and clinical experiences in all programs with community partners such as La Crosse County Human Services, Family and Children’s Center, Catholic Charities, Mayo Health System, Gundersen Health System, City of La Crosse Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and the U.S. Marshall’s Service.
- Opportunity to complete coursework required to become a licensed substance abuse counselor.
- Preparation for a broad range of graduate school programs including mental health counseling, social work, clinical psychology, sociology, and criminal justice.
- Opportunities to work with faculty mentors to develop and present undergraduate research.
- Instruction from faculty with experience in their professional field, in research and in teaching.
- Alumni with high rates of acceptance in graduate programs and successful careers in clinical dietitics, nutrition consultation and education, social services, mental health counseling, youth services, victim services, law enforcement, corrections, and security.
For more information, contact:
Mary Lu Gerke, Ph.D., RN
Deb Daehn Zellmer, MSW
Professor of Social Work
Administrative Assistant (pt)
Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling Program
School of Nursing - BSN and BSN-Completion Programs
School of Health and Human Behavior - Social Work Program
School of Nursing - Graduate Nursing Program
School of Health and Human Behavior - Nutrition and Dietetics Programs