Social and Behavioral Sciences 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.

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Degree Requirements and Full-Time Sequence
Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements Checklist (2018)
Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements Checklist (2017)

"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 take on leadership roles in public health settings around the globe. You’ll stand out to employers with a skillset that has both breadth and depth, including the following competencies.

  1. Critically assess the literature related to social and behavioral aspects of health
  2. Explain major theories, trends, and debates in the social and behavioral sciences literature regarding health
  3. Assess the means by which structural bias & social inequities undermine health & create challenges to achieving health equity at the behavioral, community & societal levels
  4. Apply the methods and analytic tools of social and behavioral science to design, implement, and analyze evaluation or research studies
  5. Apply ethical principles to public health research and evaluation
  6. Disseminate research findings to diverse audiences

 

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).

Download the PDF Concentration Sheet

Public Health Core (18 Credits)


All students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration take the following core courses (18 credits):

Students who matriculated prior to 2018 may find their degree requirements here.

GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management & Leadership (1.5)
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)
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)


Concentration Courses (15 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 2353 Regression I: Linear Regression and Modeling (3)
GPH-GU 2354 Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2960 Theories in Public Health Practice, Policy & Research (3)


Electives (9 Credits)

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

Group A - Methods courses (3 credits):
GPH-GU 2218 Assessing Community Health Needs and Resources (3)
GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (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 2152 Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling (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 5410 Results-Focused Strengthening of Health Systems in LMIC Countries (3)*
GPH-GU 2317 Social Epidemiology (3)
GPH-GU 2347 Tackling Global Health Disparities through Implementation Science Research (3) *
GPH-GU 2270 Translating Research into Practice: Adapting and Implementing Evidence-Based Public Health Interventions (3)

*Global health options

 

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

Group B - Conceptual courses (6 credits):
GPH-GU 2382 A Systems Approach to Food Access (3)*
GPH-GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3)
GPH-GU 2325 Behavioral and Communication Strategies for Global Epidemics (3)*
GPH-GU 5025 Bioethical Issues in Society (3)
GPH-GU 5080 Bioethics Mediation (3)
GPH-GU 5240 Budgeting for Sustainable Health Returns on Investment (3)
GPH-GU 2316 Community Health: A Society in Transition: South Africa (6)*
GPH-GU 2232 Detection and Control of Waterborne Pathogens (3)
GPH-GU 2260 Disasters, Complex Systems, and the Social Ecology of Health (3)
GPH-GU 5150 Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Organizations (3)
GPH-GU 2211 Environmental Injustice: From Local to Global (3)
GPH-GU 9228 Global Food Policy in Public Health (3)*
GPH-GU 5210 Global Health Disaster Preparedness & Response (3)*
GPH-GU 2342 Global Issues in Public Health Nutrition: Obesity and Diabetes (3)
GPH-GU 2226 Global Toxicology and Community Health (3)*
GPH-GU 2285 Global Women's Health Programs - Analyzing the Evidence to Improve Women's Lives (3)*
GPH-GU 2205 Gun Violence in America: Public Health, Politics, and Pragmatism (3)
GPH-GU 2250 Health and Human Rights (3)*
GPH-GU 2405 Health Communications: Changing Social Norms in Theory and Practice (3)
GPH-GU 5120 HIV/AIDS from a Global Perspective (3)*
GPH-GU 2343 HIV/AIDS Public Health Promotion (3)*
GPH-GU 2357 LGBTQ Health Disparities (3)
GPH-GU 2018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning and Policy Analysis (3)
GPH-GU 2346 Migrant Health and Social Integration in the Mediterranean (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 2374 Perspectives in Reproductive Health (3)
GPH-GU 2255 Psychoactive Drug Use and Public Health (3)
GPH-GU 2345 Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response: A Global Perspective (3)*
GPH-GU 2296 Public Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3)
GPH-GU 2344 Reproductive & Pediatric Health: A Focus in Nutrition (3)
GPH-GU 1165 Research Ethics (3)
GPH-GU 2370 Stigma, Health, and Discrimination (3)
GPH-GU 9252 Urban Health: New York and London - A Comparative Perspective (3)*
GPH-GU 2319 Writing Grants and Funding Proposals for Health-Related Programs (3)

*Global health options


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 2353 Regression I: Linear Regression and 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)
GPH-GU 2354 Regression II: Categorical Data Analysis (3)

Spring semester (11 credits)
GPH-GU 2687 Thesis II: Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences (2)
GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5)
GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management & Leadership (1.5)
Group B Elective (3)
Group B Elective (3)

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

 

Part-time Course Sequences

Students completing the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration on a part-time basis should meet with their advisors to 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. Note: all students have a maximum of 6 years to complete the MPH requirements.

 

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