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Advanced Professional MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences

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.

Requirements

2022-23 Matriculation
The Advanced Professional M.P.H. degree requires a total of 16 course units. The Advanced Professional M.P.H. in Social and Behavioral Sciences requires the student to complete or acquire an exemption from the following courses. If a course is waived, a substitute course must be identified.

MPH Core Courses (7 course units)

  • BIS 515 Accelerated Biostatistics - 2 units
  • SBS 505 Accelerated Social Foundations of Health - 1 unit
  • CDE 515 Accelerated Epidemiology - 1 unit
  • EPH 510 Health Policy and Health Care Systems - 1 unit
  • EPH 513 Major Health Threats: Determinants and Solutions - 1 unit

One of the following (public health practice requirements):

  • EPH 500 Public Health Practicum - 1 unit
  • HPM 555 Health Policy or Health Care Management Practicum - 1 unit
  • HPM 556 Advanced Health Policy Practicum - 1 unit
  • EPH 555 Clinic in Climate Justice, Law, and Public Health - 1 unit
  • EMD/SBS 588 Health Justice Practicum - 1 unit
  • EMD/SBS 596 Health Justice: Theory to Practice - 1 unit
Integrated Learning Experience

Track Courses (6 course units)

  • CDE 534 Applied Analytic Methods in Epidemiology - 1 unit
  • SBS 541 Foundations of Behavior Change - 1 unit

One of the following:

  • SBS 676 Questionnaire Development - 1 unit
  • SBS 580 Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health - 1 unit
  • SBS 541 Community Health Program Evaluation - 1 unit
  • SBS/BIS 640 User-Centered Design of Digital Health Tools - 1 unit>

Two of the following (or permission of academic adviser to substitute):

  • CDE 572 Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Interventions - 1 unit
  • SBS 531 Health and Aging - 1 unit
  • SBS 573 Social and Cultural Factors in Mental Health and Illness - 1 unit
  • SBS 581 Stigma and Health - 1 unit
  • SBS 583 Sexual and Reproductive Health - 1 unit
  • SBS 585 Sexuality, Gender, Health, and Human Rights - 1 unit
  • SBS 594 Maternal-Child Public Health Nutrition - 1 unit
  • CDE 545 Health Disparities by Race and Social Class - 1 unit
  • HPM 545 Health Disparities - 1 unit
  • SBS 537 Social and Interpersonal Influences on Health - 1 unit
  • SBS 570 LGBT Population Health - 1 unit

One of the following capstone courses:

  • SBS 574 Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention - 1 unit
  • CDE 617 Developing a Research Proposal - 1 unit
  • EPH 608 Frontiers of Public Health - 1 unit

Elective Courses (3 course units)