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The mentorship and support I’ve received through the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) as a predoctoral fellow has been invaluable and was a big factor in my decision to attend YSPH.

Adam Viera, BA ’03, PhD ’23
Research Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City

PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mrs. Rabi Ibrahim holds her 4-month-old son Muktar Tanko, as nurse Karimatu Abdulmalik prepares for their maternal-child health session at the rural health clinic in Maikunkele village, Bosso, LGA, Niger State, Nigeria. © 2013 Adrian Brooks, Courtesy of Photoshare.

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. The primary emphases are focused on (1) understanding the psychosocial, behavioral, community, and societal influences on health in the general population, with a focus on those who are disadvantaged; and (2) creating multilevel interventions that eliminate barriers to health, from infancy to old age. The SBS curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach and focuses on integrating methods from epidemiology and the social sciences, training scientists with a broad skill set that allows them to answer a host of complex research questions. The department has numerous research strengths including in HIV/AIDS, aging health, community engaged health research, maternal child health, mental health, health equity and disparities, and stigma prevention and health.

This program does not require General GRE test scores.