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The Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences emphasizes teaching, research and community service related to influencing health-related behavior as well as the economic, environmental, organizational and policy supports necessary for sustained long-term health improvement. We are committed to helping our students address to the social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity.


MPH concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences -- This concentration develops students who are prepared for working in public health or who may transfer the skills to a range of other settings. Students who complete this program are eligible to apply for PhD degree programs in this and other schools. Learn more about the MPH program.

PhD in Public Health Sciences specialization in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences -- This program is open to a select group of students who are committed to developing knowledge and skills in areas related to the social determinants of health, health disparities and health equity.  Students who complete this program will be suited to positions in academia as well as public health-related enterprises. View the admissions information, curriculum, and the Doctoral Student Handbook for the PhD program in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences.


BA/BS - Social Justice & Health Equity (SJHE) Track -- The SJHE track, available to students enrolled in the BA or BS in Public Health, is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand the historical, socio-political, and economic context through which to explore social determinants of health and a wide range of social justice and health equity issues. From this foundation, students will critically examine how their own identity/ies, biases, privilege, and social conditioning contribute to their worldview, and how these influences support or hinder their ability to effectively understand, address, organize, and mobilize efforts to affect real and lasting social change within the community. Learn more about the the school's BA/BS in Public Health, the BA-SJHE track, or the BS-SJHE track.

Accelerated Bachelors-MPH -- The accelerated degree program allows qualified students to complete their undergraduate degree and our Master of Public Health (MPH) over a five-year period. The MPH degree provides students with training in foundational competencies along with a specific area of concentration including Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences. The accelerated program is open to public health majors and non-majors. Learn more

Minor in Social Justice and Health Equity -- Undergraduate students in public health can enroll in the Social Justice and Health Equity minor to have an additional area of specialization. Learn more about the minor in Social Justice and Health Equity

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