Social & Behavioral Sciences: MPH
from the Bulletin
The Social & Behavioral Sciences concentration focuses on the effects of social factors and individual behaviors on health. By understanding these social and behavioral factors, public health professionals can help people to change their unhealthy behaviors and act as advocates in changing the social conditions that have an adverse impact on health. Faculty have testified on behalf of plaintiffs seeking to curb destructive marketing practices by tobacco companies, and they have advocated for stricter gun control and drunk driving laws. Together with social service organizations, faculty provide outreach and advocacy services to substance abusers and victims of domestic violence, and they have helped public health officials and the private sector coordinate a nationwide program designed to help smokers overcome their habit.