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Undergraduate Programs

BA in Health, Behavior, and Society

This major has 12 required and one pre-requisite course. The health, behavior and society (HSB) major leads to a bachelor of arts degree and satisfies the social sciences requirement of the Rochester Curriculum.

Key goals for this major:

  • Understand the psychological and societal structures and mechanisms affecting human health behavior
  • Understand that health and disease do not depend uniquely on biological mechanisms, but include societal and cultural influences as well
  • Understand that psychological and behavioral factors affect human health, and interact with surrounding economic and environmental conditions
  • Understand the role of behavioral theory, research, and clinical practice in the promotion and maintenance of physical health and well-being

Major Requirements

Some of these courses require prerequisites. These prerequisites are not counted toward the major. Prerequisites can be found on the courses page or in the CDCS

Pre-Requisite Course (One Course)

PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology

Public Health General Core (Five Courses)

PH 101: Introduction to Public Health I
PH 102: Introduction to Public Health II
PH 103: Concepts of Epidemiology
STT 212: Appl. Stat. for the Biological and Physical Sciences I or STT 211: Appl. Stat for Social Sciences
PHL 228 (PHL228W): Public Health Ethics or PHL 225 (PHL 225W): Ethical Decisions in Medicine

Specific Core Requirements (Three Courses)

ANT 216: Medical Anthropology or PH 215: Public Health Anthropology
PH 116: Introduction to the U.S. Health System
CSP 283/PSY 283: Behavioral Medicine

Electives (Four Courses)

Choose four of the following:

  • BCS/PSY 246: Biology of Mental Disorders
  • CAS 394C: European Health Science Internship*
    *Valid beginning fall 2017
  • CAS 397: European Health Science Internship*
    *Valid until spring 2017
  • HIS 202/202W: Health, Medicine and Social Reform
  • HIS 203/203W (H): Changing Concepts of Health and Illness
  • HIS 204/204W: History of International and Global Health
  • MHB 220: Stories in Healthcare: Clinicians, Patients, and Narrative Medicine
  • PH 216: Peer Health Advocacy
  • PH 236 or PH 230: Health Care and Law (PH 236) or Public Health Law (PH 230)
  • PH 265: Global Health
  • PH 394A: Peer Health Advocacy Internship*
  • PH 394C: Washington Semester Internship**
  • PH 394D: Health Department Internship***
  • PH 397W: Community Engagement Internship****
  • PSY 262: Human Motivation
  • GSW/PH 206: Feminism, Gender, and Health

*In order to have PH 394A count as a HBS elective course, students must complete a total of 4 credit hours of PH 394A.
**Permission of HBS faculty advisor required to use as a HBS elective course.
***Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, and e5 public health majors; Permission of HBS faculty advisor required to use as a HBS elective course.
****Open to juniors, seniors, Take 5, and e5 public health majors.

Students may use up to two PH internship courses towards their public health major.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

Students are required to register for two upper-level writing courses. The registration rules for new or existing College courses are determined by their respective home departments.

Overlapping Major Courses

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the public health-related programs, no more than two courses may overlap between a public health major and another major.

Transfer Credit

Students are permitted (with the approval of their public health faculty advisor) to use up to two transfer courses towards their public health program.