The social and behavioral sciences in public health address the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life course. Research and practice in this area contributes to the development, administration and evaluation of programs and policies in public health and health services to promote and sustain healthy environments and healthy lives for individuals and populations.

SOC 575 Sociological Perspectives on the Life Course and Aging 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisites: Junior standing 

This course focuses on age as a basis of societal differentiation in modern and pre-modern societies; social psychological, demographic, sociobiological, socioeconomic and socio-historical views of age-graded events and behaviors; examination of the life course and aging as sociological variables.

POP HLTH 664 Prevention of Overweight and Obesity 

  • Credits: 2 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisites: POP HLTH 796 

In this course, students focus on overweight and obesity prevention, with a strong focus on pediatric obesity.

COUNSELING PSY 719 Intro Qualitative Research 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Prerequisites: Graduate student 

This course provides an overview of qualitative inquiry, examining assumptions, standards and methods for generating and communicating interpretations. Methodological and theoretical works illustrate case study, ethnography, narrative and action research. This course does not include a field method component. Note: This course serves as a methods course for the MPH program.

NURSING 746 Interdisciplinary, Coordinated Care of the Child with Chronic Illness 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Spring 
  • Cross listed with NURSING, PEDIAT, PHM PRAC, SOC WORK 

Concepts of teamwork, transitions, family perspective, death and dying, cultural competence, adherence, legislative advocacy and public policy are explored within the context of caring for children with chronic illness are included in this course.

NURSING 880 Prevention Science 

  • Credits: 3 
  • Offered: Fall 
  • Cross listed with SOC WORK, ED PSYCH, HDFS 

This course provides a theoretical, empirical and practical foundation for prevention science as it relates to the prevention of human social problems. Research and evaluation methods, program design strategies, best practices and policy as they relate to the field of prevention are also examined.