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Behavioral and Social Health Sciences

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
Health Communication
Electives: Must take 3 from this list 1
The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery
HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Alcohol Use and Misuse
Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures
PHP 1740
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
Introduction to Methods in Epidemiologic Research
Human Biology for Public Health
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