Explore the behavioral, psychological, and social factors that influence the health of national and international communities and populations. Designed around national public health curriculum standards, this Social and Behavioral Sciences specialization provides an overview of public health issues and administrative systems, as well as focused course work on such topics as social and behavioral theories and research methodologies; program planning and evaluation; assessment and surveillance; health disparities; international public health; and public health information for diverse populations. A collaborative project involving local public health organizations is integrated into the curriculum, providing you the opportunity to gain practical knowledge of relevant organizations, programs, and policies. People who choose this specialization are often pursuing management or director positions in public health or social welfare organizations that focus on research, community assessment, or program development and evaluation.
Concentration: As part of this specialization, you can use your electives to earn a concentration in Health Policy and Management, Public Administration, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, or Public Policy and Management for no additional time or money.