Competencies for the PhD. in Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Identify the effects of social determinants of health on prevention, treatment, and management of disease
  • Analyze health from multiple levels, including the individual, interpersonal, community, and society
  • Critically evaluate and interpret the public health scientific literature as presented in professional journals and the popular media, including descriptive, analytic, and intervention studies.
  • Design and implement research studies to test complex questions related to social and behavioral influences on health
  • Describe how culture, social inequities, and biology influence health across the life span
  • Design, implement, and evaluate interventions aimed to reducing disease and improving health
  • Develop and evaluate scales to measure key social and behavioral constructs
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses that best answer core research problems
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate and disseminate results to various professional and community audiences
  • Apply ethical principles involved in social and behavioral sciences as they relate to public health