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School of Public Health
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 2017

Required:

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

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 One Methods Course From:

HSERV 449
Social Networks and Health: Methods and Applications

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 587
Health Policy Economics

HSERV 584
Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine

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