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Master of Public Health

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) teaches students about the social and structural factors that interact with behavioral and biological factors to influence health, illness and recovery. The impetus comes from the increasing recognition that social and structural factors (e.g., stigma, housing, poverty, social relationships, norms) 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 SBS Department teaches skills aimed to improve health equity and social justice including how to evaluate and develop multilevel interventions that eliminate barriers to health, from infancy to old age.

What are the program's areas of expertise?

  • Health Equity
  • Mental Health
  • Community-engaged Health
  • Aging Health
  • Maternal, Paternal and Reporductive Health
  • Nutrition, Exercise and Health Behavior
  • Sexuality and Health
  • Stigma Prevention and Health
  • Global Health

What are the benefits of the Yale SBS program?

  • Combined SBS and epidemiology curriculum
  • Association with a leading academic medical center
  • Good faculty to student ratio
  • Small, individualized program
  • Outstanding faculty with diverse research and practical experience
  • Faculty with ties to Yale centers, including the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Program on Aging, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, Yale Cancer Center, Yale Child Study Center, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
  • Access to the resources of a premier university, including the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Divinity, Forestry, Law, Management, Medicine and Nursing
  • Opportunities to conduct community-based public health research and practice in collaboration with investigators and public health practitioners at the New Haven and Connecticut Health Departments, Yale-New Haven Hospitals, research settings, community health centers and community-based organizations both domestically and abroad
  • Interactions with Public Health PhD students who are studying various social and behavioral sciences topics

What does the ideal candidate look like? 

  • Excellent undergraduate education
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in social and behavioral sciences and public health

How to Apply

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