SBS Academic Programs

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.