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Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration Overview

Social and Behavioral Sciences is an elective concentration of the MPH program for students who wish to apply social and behavioral sciences theory and methods to the study, practice, and thought of public health. Skills such as survey research, statistics, behavioral measurement, ethnography, quality-of-life assessment, community-based participatory research, and cost-effectiveness analysis are stressed.

The focus is on research and application of knowledge concerning the relationships among:

  • social, cultural, and behavioral processes
  • health and illness
  • what society does and can do to promote health and prevent illness

Graduates who complete the concentration will have the background and skills to pursue careers in either research or in public health practice.