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Health Behavior, Society and Policy

Research

Students within the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy have the opportunity to work with faculty who concentrate their scholarship in a variety of research areas.

Looking to connect with a Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy faculty member, but are unsure on who’s working in your area of interest? Contact Michelle Ruidiaz-Santiago.

Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

MPH and PhD students in the Social and Behavioral Health Sciences concentration analyze the factors that influence health behavior and outcomes. Faculty in this concentration apply cutting edge research in the social, behavioral, psychological, and health sciences to improve population health. Our faculty have expertise in HIV/AIDS, tobacco dependence, alcohol dependence, mental health, LGBTQ health, and cancer. Students can take advantage of robust collaborations with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Center for Tobacco Studies, the School of Communication and Information, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Psychiatry, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the New Jersey Center for Gun Violence Research, and the School of Social Work

Health Systems and Policy

MPH and PhD students in the Health Systems and Policy concentration analyze the organization and financing of health services, the financial consequences of health, and the political, economic and social forces that shape health policy. Our faculty have expertise in population health, adolescent and child health, maternal and child health, global health, health economics, and substance dependence. Students in the concentration will have opportunities to interact with faculty affiliated with the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the Center for Population Level Bioethics and the Global Health Institute.

Population Aging

The Population Aging concentration is designed to provide essential skills in addressing the needs of older adults – the fastest growing segment of the United States population. Students will analyze the public health consequences of, and responses to, population aging. Our faculty have expertise in geriatric mental health, end-of-life care, cancer and aging, HIV and aging, life-cycle effects of inequality, and dementia prevention. Students in this concentration will have opportunities to interact with faculty affiliated with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the School of Health Professions, the School of Social Work, and the Center for Health Services Research

Population Mental Health

The MPH concentration in Population Mental Health, launching in fall 2022, will train public health professionals in community and population-level mental health, including preventing psychological distress and mental disorders, promoting mental health in the greater population, and tackling the structural inequalities that can erode mental health and well-being. Students will analyze correlates of population mental health (e.g., biological, psychological, structural), the policy context of US mental and behavioral healthcare, and the relationship between population mental health, stigma, and health inequity. Our faculty have expertise in behavioral interventions, substance use, suicide prevention, LGBTQ health, racial and socioeconomic disparities, and mental health services. Students can take advantage of close collaborations with the Center for Tobacco Studies, the Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Psychology, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the New Jersey Center for Gun Violence Research, the School of Social Work, and University Behavioral Health Care.