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Health, Behavior and Society

Master of Health Science (MHS) in Social Factors in Health

The MHS in Social Factors in Health is an advanced research degree for students with undergraduate exposure to social and behavioral sciences and/or public health who are interested in further training in the theory and methods in this area.

The program is intended to prepare students either for further doctoral training in public health, or to work in a public health research or policy position. The focus of the MHS in Social Factors program in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society is on integrating and applying a broad range of knowledge and analytical skills in social aspects of public health, with an emphasis on contemporary health problems.

Please view the curriculum and competencies for this program.

The program consists of one and one-half to two years of full-time study, combining classroom-based coursework, seminars and independent study, development of a research plan and completion of a mentored research project, and a master’s research paper presenting original research.

The final program requirement is presentation of the research by the student in a department seminar. The research project, planned with the guidance of the student’s academic advisor, may begin after successful completion of 64 credits, typically at the end of the first year, and must include the equivalent of 600 hours of activity, in a paid or unpaid position.

Student Handbook

View the Department of Health, Behavior and Society's MHS Student Handbook.


For additional questions related to admissions requirements and applications, please contact L. Robin Newcomb (