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School of Public Health
PhD Program in Health Services

Area of Emphasis

Health Behavior and Social Determinants of Health

Lead Faculty:   India Ornelas

The Health Behavior and Social Determinants of Health area of emphasis provides opportunities for trainees to apply social and behavioral science theory and methods to the study and practice of public health. The concentration offers specialized instruction in the social determinants of health, health behavior theory, intervention methods, program planning and evaluation, health communication, and community-based participatory research.


Required Courses:

HSERV 581
Strategies of Health Promotion (4)

HSERV 589
Community Based Participatory Research and Health (3)

HSERV 548
Social Determinants of Health Research Methods (3)


Additional Courses:

(Choose at least 2 additional courses with mentor or committee guidance)

ANTH 475
Perspectives in Medical Anthropology (5)

ANTH 479
Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology (3-5)

ANTH 575
Cultural Construction of Illness: Seminar in Medical Anthropology (5)

BIOST 536
Categorical Data Analysis in Epidemiology (4)

CS&SS 566
Causal Modeling (4)

EPI 546
Psychiatric Epidemiology (3)

GH 514
Global Societal Determinants of Health (2-3)

HSERV 507
Health Communication and Marketing for Health Promotion: Theory and Practice (3)

HSERV 526
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health (4)

HSERV 527
Survey Research Methods (4)

HSERV 584
Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine (3)

HSERV 586
Medical Geography (3)

NURS 578
Social Justice and Determinants of Health (3)

SOC 510
Seminar in Sociological Theory (3)

SOC 513
Demography and Ecology (3)

SOC 518
Social Stratification (3)

SOC 590
Foundations of Population Health and Health Disparities (1-3)

SOC WL 577
Promoting Well-Being among At-Risk Groups through Prevention Research (3)

SOC WL 591
The Embodiment of Risk, Health Disparities and Stress Mechanisms (3)