Department of
Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
At New Brunswick

Curriculum for the
PhD in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (72 credits)
For Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2018

Students seeking the PhD in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences degree must complete a minimum of 72 credits of academic work with a minimum GPA of least 3.2 overall and a 3.2 in the set of required courses specified by their department; earn no more than nine (9) credits bearing grades less than B; and complete the degree requirements within nine years. Courses are three credit hours unless otherwise noted.

PREREQUISITE COURSES

  • PHCO 0505 - Health Education and Behavioral Science in Public Health
  • SBHS 0651 - Health Education Planning and Evaluation
  • SBHS 0654 - Modifying Health Behaviors: Theory and Practice

CORE COURSES (9 credits)

  • PHCO 0502 - Principles and Methods of Epidemiology (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
  • PHCO 0504 - Introduction to Biostatistics (Prerequisite: Quantitative Skills Assessment)
  • PHCO 0508 - Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (1 credit)
  • PHCO 0510 - Issues in Health Education and Behavioral Science (1 credit)
  • PHCO 0511 - Issues in Health Care Systems and Policy (1 credit)

REQUIRED COURSES (15 credits)

  • SBHS 0678 - Health Communication/Risk Communication
  • SBHS 0705 - Eval & Research Design and Public Health Interventions
  • Behavioral Science Electives (9 credits) selected with advisor approval
    Example: SBHS 9557 - Health Psychology

REQUIRED METHODS COURSES2 (12 credits)

  • SBHS 0682 - Evauation and Research Design for Public Health Interventions
  • SBHS 0705 - Intermediate Survey Research Methods
  • Methods Electives (6 credits) selected with advisor approval
    Example: SBHS 9529 -Introduction to Educational Research

REQUIRED ANALYTICAL COURSES2 (12 credits)

  • BIST 0551 - Applied Regression Analysis for Public Health Studies
  • Multivariate Analysis course (3 credits) selected with advisor approval
  • Analytical Electives (6 credits) selected with advisor approval
    Example: BIST 0615 - Categorical Data Analysis

REQUIRED RESEARCH (24 credits)

  • RESH 0760 - Doctoral Research

All SBHS PhD students are expected to engage in research activities with their faculty advisor.

Notes:
1Combined courses satisfy residency requirement
2With Advisor approval, other courses may satisfy these requirements