Social and Behavioral Health Program Requirements

Students will complete 39 credits in the Ph.D. core, including 9 doctoral seminar credits (minimum). In addition to the core courses, students will work closely with their academic advisor to select 9 credits of Social and Behavioral Health electives beyond units required for the MPH degree. Students will also complete 24 dissertation credits (minimum).

Social and Behavioral Health Core (29 credits required)

  • CHS 706: Social Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • CHS 711: Advocacy in Health Promotion (3 credits)
  • CHS 718: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • CHS 719: Advanced Research Methods in Social Behavioral Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • CHS 782: Analysis of Categorical Data (3 credits)
  • CHS 727: Health Policy Approaches to Health Behavior (3 credits)
  • CHS 728: Dissemination and Implementation Science (3 credits)
  • CHS 745: Advanced Survey Methods in Public Health (3 credits)
  • CHS 786: Biostatistical Analysis in Cohort Studies (3 credits)
  • CHS 710: Grant Writing for Public Health Research (3 credits)
  • CHS 791: Seminar in Public Health (9 credits minimum)

Social and Behavioral Health Electives (6 credits required; advisor approved)*

  • CHS 731: Advanced Evaluation in Public Health (3 credits)
  • CHS 708: Epidemiology II (3 credits)
  • CHS 713: Epidemiology III (3 credits)
  • CHS 715: Strategic Leadership in Public Health (3 credits)
  • CHS 754: Health Informatics Methods (3 credits)
  • CHS 753: Health Informatics (3 credits)
  • CHS 723: Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3 credits)
  • CHS 724: Environmental Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • CHS 707: HIV/AIDS Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • CHS 738: Public Health and Aging (3 credits)
  • CHS 740: Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease (3 credits)
  • CHS 739: Cancer Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • CHS 746: Cultural Diversity Issues in Public Health (3 credits)
  • CHS 748: Epidemiologic Surveillance (3 credits)
  • CHS 749: Outbreak Investigation (3 credits)
  • CHS 783R: Regression & Multivariant Analysis in Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • CHS 784: Conduct and Analysis of Clinical Trials (3 credits)

*Other courses may be acceptable with advisor approval

Dissertation Credits (24 required)

  • CHS 799: Dissertation (24 credits minimum)

Sample Schedule for Social and Behavioral Health Specialization

Full-time Student, 9 Month Program of Study (pre-requirements met and advisor approved)

Year 1: Summer (Second Term)

  • CHS 791: Seminar in Public Health (2 credits)

Year 1: Fall semester (10 Credits)

  • CHS 706: Social Epidemiology (3)
  • CHS 782: Analysis of Categorical Data (3)
  • CHS 719: Advanced Research Methods in SBHS (3)
  • CHS 791: Seminar in Public Health (1)

Year 1: Spring semester (10 Credits)

  • CHS 745: Advanced Survey Methods in Public Health (3)
  • CHS 786: Biostatistical Analysis in Cohort Studies (3)
  • CHS 718: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • CHS 791: Seminar in Public Health (1)

Year 2: Fall Semester (13 Credits)

  • CHS 710: Grant Writing for Public Health Research (3)
  • CHS 727: Health Policy Approaches to Health Behavior (3)
  • SBH Elective (3)
  • SBH Elective (3)
  • CHS 791: Seminar in Public Health (1)

Year 2: Spring Semester (10 Credits)

  • CHS 728: Dissemination and Implementation Science (3)
  • CHS 711: Advocacy in Health Promotion (3)
  • SBH Elective (3)
  • CHS 791: Seminar in Public Health (1)

Year 2: Summer (Mini Term)

  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Dissertation Prospectus (Late Summer /Early Fall)

Year 3: Fall Semester (7 Credits)

  • Dissertation (6)
  • CHS 791: Seminar in Public Health (1)

Year 3: Spring Semester (7 Credits)

  • Dissertation (6)
  • CHS 791: Seminar in Public Health (1)

Year 4: Fall Semester (7 Credits)

  • Dissertation (6)
  • CHS 791: Seminar in Public Health (1)

Year 4: Spring Semester (6 Credits)

  • Dissertation (6)

Dissertation Defense