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Social and Behavioral Health Concentration

 

The research-based Social and Behavioral Sciences track prepares you to critically assess and explain major theories, trends, and debates regarding the relationship between socially structured inequalities and health.

You’ll address existing challenges to achieving health equity at the behavioral, community and societal levels, and apply methods, analytic tools, and ethical principles to design and improve public health research and evaluation.

"What I loved most about GPH was my practicum experience in a research lab where I could apply what I learned in the classroom and interact closely with faculty.”
- Jazmin Rivera (USA), MPH 2016, Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration

Key Skills

When you graduate with the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration, you’ll be prepared to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs that address social and behavioral health problems. You’ll stand out to employers with a skill set that has both breadth and depth, including:

  • Evaluating the roles of history, power, privilege and structural inequality in producing health disparities

  • Describing the influence that social, cultural, and structural factors such as gender, race, and socioeconomic status have on health and health-related behaviors

Find out even more about the skills you’ll learn in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration, as well as the core competencies of the overall MPH degree.

 

Professional Development

You will benefit from countless opportunities to build skills and experience to prepare you for successful careers in social and behavioral sciences. Learn more about the professional development opportunities available to you at NYU GPH, including internships, fellowships, employment, volunteer opportunities, professional association membership, and more.

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences Course Checklist

The Social and Behavioral Sciences checklist outlines the requirements for the concentration, as well as which core and concentration courses have pre-requisites. Use this tool as you move along in the program to help keep track of the courses you’ve taken, as well as what’s up next.

 

Want to Learn More about Social and Behavioral Sciences?

To find out even more about the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration, including the skills you’ll gain, the courses you’ll take, and the hands-on Applied-Practice Thesis, take a look at our fact sheet (pdf).

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Public Health Core (18 Credits)


All students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration take the following core courses (18 credits) as part of the MPH degree requirements:
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Policy & Management (3)*
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
* as of Fall 2017, this course will be split up into two courses: GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5) and GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership.


Concentration Courses (12 Credits)

All students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration take the following courses:
GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative and Field Methods (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Mulitivariable Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy & Research (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0)


Electives (12 Credits)

All students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration take 6 credits from the following set of courses:

Group A - Methods courses:
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs and Resources (3)
GPH-GU 2375 Estimating Impacts of Policy Research (3)
GPH-GU 2450 Intermediate Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2940 Intervention and Prevention Science (3)
GPH-GU 2950 Methods in Community Health Research (3)
GPH-GU 2349 Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
GPH-GU 2225 Psychometric Measurement & Analysis in Public Health Research and Practice (3)
GPH-GU 2317 Social Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research into Practice: Adapting and Implementing Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions (3)

Global health options:
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3)
GPH-GU 5410 Results-Focused Strengthening of Health Systems in LMIC Countries (3)

 

All students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration must also take 6 credits from the following set of courses:

Group B - Conceptual courses:
GPH-GU 2316 Community Health: A Society in Transition (6)
GPH-GU 2260 Disasters, Complex Systems, and the Social Ecology of Health (3)
GPH-GU 2130 Ethical Issues and Decision-Making in Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes (3)
GPH-GU 2405 Health Communications (3)
GPH-GU 2322 History & Principles of Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2357 LGBT Health Disparities (3)
GPH-GU 2018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning and Policy Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2344 Reproductive & Pediatric Health: A Focus in Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU 2374 Perspectives in Reproductive Health (3)
GPH-GU 2255 Psychoactive Drug Use and Public Health (3)

Global health options:
GPH-GU 2382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)
GPH-GU 2325 Behavioral and Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics (3)
GPH-GU 2316 Community Health: A Society in Transition (6)
GPH-GU 2285 Global Women's Health Programs - Analyzing the Evidence to Improve Women's Lives (3)
GPH-GU 2250 Health and Human Rights (3)
APSY-GE 2450 HIV Prevention and Counseling: Psychoeducational Perspectives (3)
GPH-GU 5120 HIV/AIDS from a Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2383 International Population & Family Health (3)
GPH-GU 2210 Migration & Health (3)
GPH-GU 2240 Perspectives in Global Mental Health (3)
GPH-GU 5288 Perspectives in Migrant Health & Human Rights (3)
GPH-GU 2345 Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: A Global Perspective (3)
GPH-GU 2383 International Population & Family Health (3)
GPH-GU 2383 International Population & Family Health (3)


Culminating Experience (4 Credits)


The culminating experience for students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration consists of: 1) a minimum of 180 hours of a practice experience, completed prior to Thesis I, and 2) a two-semester MPH thesis.

GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)

 

46 Credits Total

Full-Time Course Sequence

 

First Year:

Fall semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3)
GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3)
GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0)
GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health I (0)

Spring semester (12 credits)
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3)
GPH-GU 2920 Biostatistics: Regression and Multivariable Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2361 Research Methods in Public Health (3)
Group A Elective (3)
GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health II (0)
GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History and Philosophy of Public Health III (0)

 

Second Year:

Fall semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2686 Thesis I: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)*
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy & Research (3)
GPH-GU 2160 Qualitative & Field Methods (3)
Group B Elective (3)

Spring semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Policy & Management (3)**
Group A Elective (3)
Group B Elective (3)

* includes 180 hours of public health practice (may also be done in the spring semester.

** as of Fall 2017, this course will be split up into two courses: GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5) and GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management and Leadership.

 

Part-time Course Sequences

Students completing the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration on a part-time basis may map out a course plan based on the number of credits they would like to take each semester and the number of years they intend to take to complete the degree. Please click here for 3-year and 4-year sample sequences. Note: all students have a maximum of 6 years to complete the MPH requirements.