"I have felt that the School attracts people with a lot of cultural diversity and also diversity of life experience, and that really enriches a lot of the conversations."
The mission of the MPH Program in Health and Social Behavior is to train scholars and practitioners to identify and analyze the major social, cultural, and bio-behavioral determinants of health and health behavior; and to design, implement, and evaluate social and behavioral interventions and social policies aimed at improving community and population health.
The core curriculum includes course work in the behavioral, bio-behavioral, and social sciences as these relate to public health, in survey research methods, and in program planning and evaluation. The role of race/ethnicity, culture, class, and gender in influencing physical and mental health status, interactions between the individual and society, and ethical issues in the design and implementation of community-based interventions are also stressed.
In addition to required courses, students are encouraged to create a cluster of elective courses which will enhance their knowledge and skills in a particular area of interest. A comprehensive examination or original research paper completes the degree.
Students and faculty in this concentration work closely with the School's Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership to ensure that their educational experience reflects the profession's and the School's commitment to integrating field experience with more traditional forms of pedagogy.