Degrees Offered

Students interested in social and behavioral sciences can pursue both MPH and PhD degrees. The MPH degree is offered directly through SBS, while students interested in PhD training in psychosocial and behavioral epidemiology apply through the home department, which is Chronic Disease Epidemiology.

Master of Public Health

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Division teaches students about the social, psychological and behavioral factors that interact with biological factors to influence health, illness and recovery. The impetus comes from the increasing recognition that behavioral, psychological, and social factors play a crucial role in epidemiology and public health, both as risk factors for adverse health outcomes and in strategies to promote health and prevent disease.

SBS Students Share Their Research Experience

San Francisco, California

Facilitating the "What's the T: Conversations on Transmasculine Services of the Bay" panel at the Strut Gay, Bi, and Trans Men's clinic that I coordinated as part of my internship.

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San Francisco, California

I am facilitating the "What's the T: Conversations on Transmasculine Services of the Bay" Panel.

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San Francisco, California

Photo with my panelists and TransLife founders.

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San Francisco, California

"What's the T: Transmasculine Services of the Bay" panelists

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San Francisco, California

With Strut Clinic Director and PrEP activist.

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San Francisco, California

With a fellow staff member of the SF AIDS Foundation. A photo of us prior to hosting the "What's the T: Conversations on Transmasculine Services of the Bay" health panel at Strut Gay, Bi, and Trans Men's Clinic.

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San Francisco, California

At Trans March in SF, supporting the #hiretrans campaign

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San Francisco, California

At the Translife skate night community event.

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San Francisco, California

At San Francisco Pride with friends, where I also did participant recruitment for my research.

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New Orleans

During my time off from my internship I also traveled with my partner. Photo of us in New Orleans.

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León, Nicaragua

A qualitative interview with an HIV patient who is also the leader of the clinic’s HIV patient advocacy group.

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León, Nicaragua

In front of the HIV clinic’s posters. The one I’m holding says, “Before pointing out and discriminating, your finger should point towards solidarity towards those people who live with HIV/AIDS”. I quickly realized that stigma against HIV positive individuals is a big problem in Nicaragua.

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León, Nicaragua

Every morning I was greeted by this colorful mural outside of the local hospital. The mural is titled, "HIV/AIDS affects the whole world...Protect Yourself to Prevent This." I am pointing to the most important message of the mural: "Get Tested Today!"

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León, Nicaragua

First day at work! My team and I are showing off our colorful scrubs. I am holding up a bag of rice because our participants were at first compensated with food packages that included rice, beans and oil. Imagine carrying these heavy packages in 95 degree weather!

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León, Nicaragua

After our first successful health education class with our youngsters.

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León, Nicaragua

Having fun on the top of Basilica Catedral de León Nicaragua, the largest cathedral in Central America.

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León, Nicaragua

Relaxing while showing my YSPH pride on top of the Basilica Catedral de León Nicaragua.

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León, Nicaragua

Representing YSPH in front of a beautiful waterfall in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

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León, Nicaragua

This summer I witnessed the most incredible sunsets in my life. This one occurred after a short rainstorm in one of the beaches in León, Nicaragua.

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León, Nicaragua

You can appreciate the beauty and grandeur of the Basilica Catedral de León Nicaragua, the largest cathedral in Central America.

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Washington, D.C.

Center for Science in the Public Interest founder Michael Jacobson presents at the annual Soda Summit, organized around reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Marion Nestle, NYU Professor of Nutrition and author, attends CSPI’s Soda Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.

The California Center for Public Health Advocacy presents at CSPI’s Soda Summit on the harms of consuming liquid sugar.

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Washington, D.C.

Wangari Gardens, named after Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, in Washington, D.C. is a community garden providing free, fresh produce to community members.

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A disabled plot holder, Grace Kelly, with a number of chronic conditions has improved her health by spending time at the gardens with an accessible garden plot.

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Washington, D.C.

Picking fresh produce grown at Wangari Gardens

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Washington, D.C.

A local teacher brings community children to the gardens to learn about health and the environment.

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Washington, D.C.

Wangari Gardens maintains an outdoor classroom where community members attend workshops on a variety of gardening topics, such as pest management and beekeeping.

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Washington, D.C.

The nonprofit, DC Water, runs a test plot at Wangari Gardens using recycled biosolids as compost.

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Washington, D.C.

DC Water’s test plot shows strong growth with recycled biosolids compost over the summer growing season.

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