The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary graduate program that trains graduate students who are interested in (a) analyzing the complex behavioral and social determinants of public health, (b) developing interventions to change behaviors and improve social contexts related to public health, and (c) employing 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/drug use and misuse; smoking/tobacco use and misuse; HIV and sexual health risk behaviors; chronic disease prevention and management; global health; LGBTQI+ health; mindfulness in health; and health disparities and culture.
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The Department is no longer accepting applications for the Sc.M. in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences. Students interested in studying Health Behavior at the master's level are strongly encouraged to apply to our research-intensive MPH program.
Master's in BSHS Required Core Courses
|Master's in BSHS Required Core Courses|
|Research Methods in Behavioral Science|
|Behavioral and Social Science Theory for Health Promotion|
|Developing + Testing Theory-Driven, Evidence Based Psychosocial and Behavioral Health Interventions|
|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|
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: Women and Infants’ Health during Pregnancy in a Global Context|
|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.