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Graduate Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS)

The minimum prerequisite for 50000-69999 level courses is graduate standing. The minimum prerequisite for courses 70000 and higher is doctoral standing. Additional prerequisites may apply and are listed in this catalog.

50002 Quantitative Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)

Introduces the basic concepts and methods of statistics as applied to diverse problems in social and behavioral research. Demonstrates methods of exploring, organizing, and presenting data, and introduces fundamentals of probability, including probability distributions and conditional probability, with applications to 2x2 tables. Presents the foundations of statistical inference, including concepts of population, sample parameter, and estimate; and approaches to inferences using the likelihood function, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. Introduces and employs the statistical computing package, STATA, to manipulate data and prepare students for remaining course work in this sequence.

50020 Public Health Prevention (3)

Provides an overview of the science of prevention and intervention research for graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences in public health. Examines prevention and intervention science, ethics, and principles of community based research and evaluation.

50030 Seminar in Public Health Prevention (3)

Explores case studies in public health prevention. Topic areas include HIV, substance abuse, domestic violence and injury prevention.

50196 Individual Investigation in Social and Behavioral Sciences (1-3)
Individual graduate investigation or research in areas related to social and behavioral sciences. Repeated registration permitted for a maximum of 6 credit hours. IP permissible. Prerequisite: special approval.

53008 Grant Writing in Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
Students learn the basics of grant writing for federal and non-federal funding agencies with a particular emphasis on the components of most proposals for funding.  This includes rationale for seeking funds, collaborations with community organizations, and working with consultants and subcontractors.  Participants also learn about the basic sections of grant writing such as specific aims and hypotheses, developing a literature review, background and significance, research design and methodology, developing a budget and conducting research with human subjects.  Participants have an opportunity to write sample grant proposals, learn about the review and scoring process and post-award grant management.

54634 Social Determinants of Health Behaviors (3)

Overviews the social determinants of health and the dynamic interplay between individual behaviors and community structures (systems orientation) including public policy, social and built environments, commercial messages, access to services, cultural norms, psychosocial hazards, and poverty both as causal effects that either provide opportunity or constraints to health. Examines systems approaches to preventing public health threats from issues including substance use (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs), physical inactivity, poor dietary practices, unsafe sexual behaviors, violence and injury and mental health.

73018 Theories of Prevention Science I (3)

Provides a background and theoretical review of prevention science as a multi-disciplinary field focusing on systematic inquiry on health behaviors including substance use (alcohol, tobacco and other drugs), physical activity, dietary practices, mental health, violence and injury, and sexual behaviors.

73019 Theories of Prevention Science II (3)

Prevention science is inherently transdisciplinary and multitheoretical, focusing on a variety of public health issues with particular emphasis on the leading health indicators including mental health, substance abuse, tobacco, physical activity, nutrition, overweight and obesity, environmental health, violence, sexual behavior, immunization and access to health care. The transdisciplinary nature of prevention science includes epidemiology, statistics, political science, economics, laboratory sciences, biological sciences and social and behavioral sciences. Prevention science advances evidenced-based prevention programs and policies through empirical research as well as practice-based evidence along a continuum of universal, selective and indicated prevention strategies. Emphasizes prevention science methods and applications across health populations. Prerequisite: SBS 73018.

73020 Advanced Methods in Prevention Science (3)

Focuses primarily on advanced quantitative methods in the application of prevention science.

80100 Emerging Issues in Prevention Science (3)
Survey relevant challenges and issues facing prevention science researchers.

80198 Directed Research in Prevention Science (1-15)
Directed research or individual investigation for doctoral students.