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Behavioral and Social Health Sciences

The graduate programs in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences offer comprehensive course work leading to the Master of Science  (Sc.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The interdisciplinary graduate programs train graduate students who are interested in analyzing the complex behavioral and social determinants of public health, and in developing interventions to change behaviors and improve social contexts related to public health, to employ behavioral and social science theory and methods to understand contemporary health problems and to develop interventions that improve the health of individuals and populations. The program puts substantive focus on diet, physical activity and obesity; alcohol and other drug abuse; smoking and tobacco use; HIV and STI risk behaviors; and health disparities and culture.

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Master's in BSHS Required Core Courses

Master's in BSHS Required Core Courses
Introduction to Methods in Epidemiologic Research
Behavioral and Social Science Theory for Health Promotion
Designing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions
Health Communication
Quantitative Methods for Behavioral and Social Sciences Intervention Research
Electives: Must take 3 from this list 1
The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery
Survey Research in Health Care
HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Global Health Nutrition
Case Studies in Public Health: The Role of Governments, Communities and Professions
Alcohol Use and Misuse
Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures
Tobacco, Smoking, and the Evil Empire
Principles of Health Behavior and Health Promotion Interventions 2
Meditation, Mindfulness and Health
Social Determinants of Health
Clinical Trials Methodology
Survey Research Methods
Qualitative Methods in Health Research
Public Health Law and Ethics
Introduction to Methods in Epidemiologic Research
Human Biology for Public Health
Injury As A Public Health Problem
Epidemiology of Violence and Its Consequences
Perinatal Epidemiology
Place Matters: Exploring Community-Level Contexts on Health Behaviors, Outcomes and Disparities
Public Health Issues in LGBT Populations
Etiology of Substance Use Disorders
Psychosocial and Pharmacologic Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
The U.S. Health Care System: Case Studies in Financing, Delivery, Regulation and Public Health
Graduate Independent Study and Thesis Research 3

Additional electives may be considered and are subject to approval by the BSS curriculum committee. Students wishing to take an elective that is not listed should consult with their adviser and complete a Curriculum Appeal Form.


This course has substantial overlap with PHP 2360; please consult your adviser. 


Students have the option of enrolling in a Graduate Independent Study as an elective course under the instruction of their thesis adviser. Please choose the section that has your adviser listed as the instructor and have an override code ready in order to register.