Population Health Sciences

Faculty Lead: Lia Fernald

The Population Health Sciences specialty field trains students for research careers in the social, behavioral, and economic determinants of health and the study of interventions, policies, and practices that impact the health of populations and vulnerable communities. The specialty field emphasizes addressing the social and behavioral determinants of health through quantitative and mixed methods research informed by theories and methods in psychology, economics, demography, and social epidemiology. Training in innovative methodologies for establishing casual relationships in quasi-experimental research is a cornerstone of the Population Health Sciences specialty field.

Core Requirements

PH 237A,B    Theories and Methods in Health Policy and Health Services Research
PH 237C      Health Services Research Colloquium (Years 1 and 2)
PH 237D      Health Policy Dissertation Seminar (Year 3+)

Interdisciplinary Requirement

Three courses across any of the following areas: 1) Organizations and Management, 2) Politics and Policy, and/or 3) Health Economics.   If a masters-level microeconomics course has not been completed in the past, a masters level course in microeconomics is required as one of the 3 courses.

Specialty Field Requirements
Students in the Population Health Sciences specialty field are required to take the core course PH 226C and four elective specialty field courses. Students should review the most recent Population Health Sciences specialty field exam reading list early in their course planning process.

Required Core Course
PH 226C Economics of Population Health

Electives (Select 4)
DEMOG 126 Social Consequences of Population Dynamics
DEMOG 210 Demographic Methods
DEMOG 230 Human Mortality
DEMOG 260 Special Topics in Demography Seminar (varies)
DEMOG C275A Economic Demography
PH 216A Biological Embedding of Social Experiences
Psy 290K Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Study of Behavior Change
PH 201F Community-based Research & Intervention
PH 206B Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs
PH 206C Nutrition Epidemiology
PH 206D Food and Nutrition Policies and Programs in Developing Countries
PH 210B Adolescent Health
PH 217C Aging and Public Health
PH 253D Behavior & Policy Science in HIV Treatment and Prevention
PH 255A Social Epidemiology
PH 255C Mental Health & Psychopathology
CE 264 Behavioral Modeling for Engin, Planning, & Policy Analysis

Research Methods
Three of the following:
ARE 212* Econometrics: Multiple Equation Estimation
ARE 213* Applied Econometrics
PH 219D Introduction to Survey Methods
PH 219E Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Public Health Research
PH 241 Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data
PH C242C Longitudinal Data Analysis
PH 245 Intro to Multivariate Public Health Statistics
PH 250B** Epidemiologic Methods II
PH 252D Intro to Causal Inference
PH 255D Methods in Social Epidemiology
Demog 260: Social Networks
EDU 274B Measurement in Education and Social Sciences
EDU 274C Research Seminar in Measurement
EDU 274D Multidimensional Measurement
EDU 275B Data Analysis in Educational Research II
EDU 275G Hierarchical and Longitudinal Modeling
PH 252A Applied Sampling
PhD BA 297B Research and Theory in Business: Behavior Science
PS 235 Introduction to Research Design
PSY206 Structural Equation Modeling
PS C236A Statistics of Causal Inference in Social Sciences
PS 239T Intro to Computational Tools and Techniques for Social Science Research

* Both ARE 212 and 213 are recommended for students of population health economics. Math 54: Linear algebra is recommended prior to taking ARE 212/213 if no prior linear algebra course.

** Required of students who have not completed an advanced level epidemiologic methods course.