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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)

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology

Public Health General Core (Five Courses)

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

Specific Core Requirements (Three Courses)

ANTH 216: Medical Anthropology or PHLT 215: Public Health Anthropology
PHLT 116: Introduction to the U.S. Health System
CSSP 283/PSYC 283: Behavioral Medicine

Electives (Four Courses)

Choose four of the following:

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

*In order to have PHLT 394A count as a HBS elective course, students must complete a total of 4 credit hours of PHLT 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 PHLT 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.