Degrees Offered

Students interested in social and behavioral sciences can pursue both MPH and PhD degrees.

Master of Public Health

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.

PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences

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.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The Yale School of Public Health encourages students to complement their departmental studies through a variety of interdisciplinary concentrations, tracks and programs. Read more about our Global Health Concentration, Public Health Modeling Concentration, Regulatory Affairs Track and Climate Change and Health Program and explore ways to customize and enhance your degree.
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Global Health Concentration

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Public Health Modeling Concentration


Regulatory Affairs


Climate Change and Health Initiative