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) global health and global health policy;  2) race, class, gender and health disparities; and 3) 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 Nursing Health Policy specialty program prepares nurses from the Masters and PhD programs in Nursing to provide leadership in health policy in institutions and organizations, including legislative organizations, nongovernmental advocacy and policy organizations, and regulatory and licensing bodies. Graduates contribute to and improve health policies to benefit patients, communities, 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.