Curriculum

Core Course Requirements and Research Methods Electives

Graduate students in Biobehavioral Health are required to take five core, three credit courses, (BBH 501, 502, 503, 504, and 505). In addition to this coursework, they are also required to take a minimum of 12 additional elective graduate course credits (500 level or above) that cover research methods relevant to their interests; typically, the statistics course BBH 597X/506 is one of these research methods electives. They also participate in our BBH Colloquia series (for credit in the first year), and they take 3 credits of Professional Development Coursework.

Required (Core) Courses

  • BBH 501 Biobehavioral Systems in Health and Development: Theory and Processes
  • BBH 502 (PSY 502) Health: Biobehavioral Perspectives
  • BBH 503 Biobehavioral Systems in Health and Development: Processes and Integration
  • BBH 504 Behavioral Health Intervention Strategies
  • BBH 505 Behavioral Health Research Strategies

Professional Development Courses

  • BBH 597a Orientation to Graduate Training in Biobehavioral Health -- This course is aimed at 1st semester BBH graduate students
  • BBH 597b Professional Development in Biobehavioral Health -- This course is aimed at 4th semester BBH graduate students

Research Methods and Other Elective Courses

Because the specific interests of BBH graduate students are so diverse, there is no one series of courses that would be suitable for everyone. BBH Graduate students typically take BBH 597x/506 ("Advanced Biobehavioral Research Strategies" -- an additional statistics course that completes the two-part progression started in BBH 505) toward their 12 required credits of Methods/Electives. To meet the remainder of their Methods/Elective requirement, students elect to take courses based primarily upon their specific area(s) of interest, in consultation with and as approved by their advisor and the Professor-in-Charge of the Graduate Program. These courses may be selected from offerings in other programs in the University including, but not restricted to, Human Development and Family Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics, as well as courses offered by BBH. Below are examples of the coursework taken by actual BBH students whose work is centered around various domains; this is intended to give a sense of the type of training that our students obtain beyond our core required courses.

Examples of Graduate Student Coursework by Interests