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MPH Program in Health Services

Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration

SBS Concentration

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 of the SBS concentration 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.

Students electing to pursue the Social and Behavioral Science MPH Concentration must satisfy the General MPH Requirements for the School of Public Health and Department of Health Services as well as the additional requirements listed below.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration Additional Requirements

Effective Autumn 2018

Required:

HSERV 514
Social Determinants of Population Health and Health Disparities


and one additional biostatistics course from:

BIOST 512
Medical Biometry II

BIOST 518
Applied Biostatistics II


and at least 5 credits spread over at least 2 courses from:

HSERV 507
Health Communication and Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory and Practice

HSERV 521
Qualitative Methods in Health Services Research

HSERV 522
Health Program Evaluation

HSERV 523
Advanced Health Services Research Methods I - Large Public Databases; Big Data

HSERV 524
Advanced Health Services Research Methods II - Hierarchical and Incomplete Data

HSERV 525
Advanced Health Services Research Methods III - Causal Inference Using Observational Data

HSERV 527
Survey Research Methods

HSERV 578
Preparing, Writing, and Critiquing Scientific Research Proposals

HSERV 584
Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine

HSERV 590
Organizational Theory and Applications in the Study of Health Services

HSERV 548
Research Methods of Social and Contextual Determinants of Health

HSERV 555
Health Disparities

HSERV 572
Planning, Advocacy, and Leadership Skills

HSERV 579
Structural Racism and Public Health

HSERV 589
Community-Based Participatory Reseach

B H 509
Ethics and the Social Determinates of Health

Waivers:
Waivers or substitutions of the concentration requirements can be made with the approval of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration Faculty Lead. Core Requirement waivers and substitutions are rare and require multiple School and Departmental approvals.