Social and Behavioral Sciences
Many of today's public health problems have significant behavioral and social determinants. The role of health-related behaviors in preventing chronic disease, intentional and unintentional injury and new communicable disease is well documented and has given rise to a rapid growth in behavioral approached to public health practice and research.
The curriculum will prepare students to use behavioral science, educational content and research methods in the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions designed to affect health behavior in populations. Health assessment and program planning and evaluation are essential in understanding the psychological factors associated with health status. Students will learn how to use research, communication and management tools to solve health problems in various professional settings including clinical, school, work site and community programs.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration Competencies
In collaboration with others, prioritize individual, organizational, community, and societal concerns and resources for public health programs, policies and interventions.
Describe steps and procedures for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
Apply evidence-based approaches in the development, implementation, and evaluation of social and behavioral science interventions in diverse populations.
Identify basic theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavioral disciplines that are used in public health research and practice.
Identify the causes and conditions linked to social and behavioral factors that affect health of individuals and populations.
Specify multiple targets and levels of intervention for social and behavioral science programs and/or policies.
Local, state and regional health agencies
Patient education in hospital settings
Voluntary health agencies