Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health

The Ballmer Institute for Children's Behavioral Health at the University of Oregon Portland establishes a new national model for behavioral health care for children and families by creating the nation’s first undergraduate program in child behavioral health. This program will provide undergraduate students with applied training in the delivery of interventions to promote well-being and prevent mental health problems from developing and worsening in children and adolescents. Graduates of the program will leave with practical skills that will allow them to directly enter the behavioral health workforce to support the well-being of youth in schools, the health care system, and other community settings. The Ballmer Institute serves children, adolescents, and families and prioritizes the needs of youth who have been persistently and/or historically underserved. This groundbreaking initiative was made possible by an extraordinary gift from Connie and Steve Ballmer, co-founders of Ballmer Group Philanthropy. 


Major - Bachelor's Degree

The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health offers BS and BA degrees in child behavioral health. The major is designed as a 2 + 2 program with the first two years focused on the completion of core education requirements, bachelor's degree requirements, and pre-major core curriculum. The latter two years are completed at the University of Oregon Portland. All students will begin in the fall term and progress through the major as a cohort.


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Transfer Students

The Ballmer Institute accepts equivalent courses taught at other institutions to meet its pre-major core curriculum. If you are uncertain if your courses meet the pre-major core curriculum, please schedule an appointment with a Ballmer Institute academic and career advisor.  

Pre-major in Child Behavioral Health

Students in the pre-major will need to complete core education requirements, bachelor's degree requirements, and the following pre-major core curriculum. Prerequisite courses included in the pre-major fall into three domains: Introductory Psychology/Human Services; Human Development; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. All courses must be taken graded and passed with a C- or better. Meeting these requirements usually takes two years, please review our sample schedules

Although there are recommended courses for each domain, students may submit other courses to be approved as substitutes.

Pre-major Requirements

Introductory Psychology/Human Services3-4
Issues for Children and Families
Exploring Family and Human Services
Mind and Society
Healthy Communities
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion4
Diversity in Human Services
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Philosophy and Cultural Diversity
Social Inequality
Human Development3-4
Human Development in the Family Context
Developmental Psychology
Total Credits10-12