The emphasis in Sociobehavioral Epidemiology (SE) provides collaborative and training opportunities for individuals interested in the intersection of the social and epidemiological sciences. Research in SE is focused on understanding the frequency, distribution, and sociobehavioral determinants of physical, mental, and social health. SE is concerned with research on prevention and intervention efforts that seek to enhance health and well being or to decrease negative outcomes for individuals and communities. SE blends traditions and methodologies from the social sciences (such as psychology, sociology, public policy) with those from epidemiology, demography, and biostatistics to address these issues.
Students with SE training will be competitive in securing meaningful careers. There is an increasing demand for post-doctoral and entry-level professionals with cutting-edge quantitative skills and in-depth research expertise in the cross-section of health, management/policy, and behavioral sciences (eg, APHA CareerMart, PsycCareers, Epidemiology Job Board). Students trained in the SE emphasis will be well qualified for academic careers in areas such as health, social, or experimental psychology; criminology; demography; program evaluation; public policy, advocacy, and planning; public health; and epidemiology. SE graduates will also find themselves prepared for non-faculty careers in institutions of higher learning, government, and the private sector as research scientists, analysts, biostatisticians, evaluators, and policy makers.