MPH: Behavioral and Social Sciences Track

Behavioral and Social Sciences Track

The BSS track prepares students to understand and apply theories of health behavior and health promotion to improve population health. Students in the BSS track will gain experience in behavioral-social science frameworks and methodologies for designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions, and in disseminating and translating findings for diverse communities. The BSS track also emphasizes the roles of cultural competence, ethical practice, professionalism, and community collaboration as vital to the design and delivery of public health interventions. 

Track Specific Competencies

  • Design an intervention to investigate a public health problem, and/or decrease risks for disease and/or promote wellness.
  • Develop a plan to monitor and evaluate the reach, fidelity, quality, impact and outcome of public health interventions.
  • Apply behavioral and social science theories in the planning, implementation, and/or evaluation of health promotion intervention programs.
  • Examine the psychosocial, behavioral, and environmental causes of health disparities and incorporate an understanding of diverse values and traditions in the planning, implementation, and/or evaluation of health promotion/intervention programs.
  • Analyze a health issue from a multi-level behavioral and social science perspective including the role of biological, individual, social, community, and structural factors.

Internship
All students in the Behavioral and Social Science Track complete PHP2070, Public Health Community Service Internship.  The internship includes a core curriculum as well as a field experience tailored to the student’s public health interests and future career goals. 

Thesis
All students are required to complete a thesis.  Students work with faculty advisors to design a thesis project appropriate to their interests and career path in behavioral and social sciences aspects of public health.

Core Curriculum Courses
Students in all tracks are required to complete the MPH Core Courses,  which can be found here:
http://brown.edu/academics/public-health/undergraduate/graduate-programs/mph-program-about-us/mph-core-courses-0

Behavioral and Social Sciences Track Core Requirements
To satisfy the MPH core course requirement in behavioral and social sciences students in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Track must take the following course:

PHP2360, Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Public Health Interventions

Behavioral and Social Science Track Specific Requirements

Apply Behavioral and Social Sciences Theories as they Apply to Health
PHP2340, Behavioral and Social Science Theory for Health Promotion
or
PHP2380, Health Communications

Psychosocial, behavioral and environmental causes of health disparities
PHP1680T, Translation Diffusion and Cultural Relevance of Health Promotion Interventions
or
PHP2325, Place Matters; Exploring Community-Level Contexts on Health Behaviors, Outcomes and Disparities

Substantive health issues in behavioral and social sciences
PHP1540, Alcohol Use and Misuse
or
PHP1680N, Tobacco Smoking and the Evil Empire
or
PHP1600, Obesity in the 21st Century:  Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures
or
PHP1999, Public Health Nutrition:  Concepts and Controversies
or
PHP2330, Behavioral and Social Approaches to HIV Prevention
or
PHP2310, Physical Activity and Public Health