Program Details: Sociology PhD

The principal aim of the SBS Doctoral Program in Sociology is to educate students interested in professional careers as sociologists in both academic and applied contexts. Graduates contribute to the advancement of sociological knowledge with an emphasis on the study of health broadly conceived. All students are trained in-depth in the sociology of health, illness & medicine. Additionally, students may specialize in the following areas: 1) sociology of aging, chronic illness and disability; 2) race, gender, class and health/health inequalities; 3) health policy and organizations; and 4) science, technology and medicine studies. Violence as a health problem, HIV/AIDS, health demography and global health are also areas where faculty have strong expertise. Extended training in social theory and both qualitative and quantitative research methods is required.

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Program Details: Nursing Health Policy (MS, PhD, Minor, and Post-Masters)

The program prepares nurses to provide leadership in health policy in legislative organizations, nongovernmental advocacy organizations, and regulatory and licensing bodies. Graduates contribute to and improve health policies to benefit patients, the public, and the nursing profession. Additionally, doctoral graduates are prepared to assume academic positions where they can initiate and contribute to health services and policy research and teaching, providing leadership as health policy nurse specialists.

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Specialty Areas

The Nurse as Health Policy Specialist. Nurses with policy expertise are assuming leadership roles in advocacy, research, analysis, and policy development, implementation and evaluation.


SBS Research

The research mission of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences is 1) to advance knowledge in nursing health policy and in sociology through theoretically-informed, methodologically rigorous qualitative and quantitative research; and 2) to examine the broad dynamics of health, healing, and the production of knowledge and technologies and their applications in these domains with special focus on inequalities. Department faculty are actively involved in a wide variety of research activities in local, national, and global arenas. Topics are related to the teaching programs and the mission of the department and include tobacco control, health disparities, gender and HIV/AIDS, biomedicalization, anti-violence, health professions, health demography, aging and long-term care policies both domestically and globally.


Social and Behavioral Sciences