Students interested in social and behavioral sciences can pursue both MPH and PhD degrees.
The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences teaches students about the social, psychological and behavioral factors that interact with biological factors to influence health, illness and recovery. The impetus comes from the increasing recognition that behavioral, psychological, and social factors play a crucial role in epidemiology and public health, both as risk factors for adverse health outcomes and in strategies to promote health and prevent disease.
The Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) Department aims to understand and improve health equity, both domestically and globally. SBS provides instruction in the theory and methods of the social and behavioral sciences that emphasize individual, interpersonal, community, and structural influences on health, illness, and recovery.