Psychiatric and Behavioral Health Sciences Concentration

Required elective courses for this concentration: 

  • Epidemiology of Psychiatric Disorders Across the Lifespan (M19-561)
  • Addiction and Addictive Behaviors (M19-562)
  • Global burden of disease: Methods and Applications (M19-5656)
  • 6 additional credits of elective courses with approval from program leadership

Prerequisite or concurrent completion of SAS for Clinical Research and Introductory Biostatistics are strongly recommended.

The competencies to be demonstrated at the end of the program expand on the overall MPHS and include: 
  • Achieving competency in knowledge of phenomenology, nosology, epidemiology, etiology and global and national burden of common psychiatric disorders, addictions and related behaviors across the lifespan
  • Understanding the psychiatric and general medical comorbidities, and dynamic relationships across geography and over time, that are associated with psychiatric disorders and addiction, including the medical needs of psychiatric populations
  • Understanding the epidemiology, biology and economics of addiction and addictive behaviors and examining the multifactorial basis for the developmental course of these behaviors and their adverse health consequences
  • Understanding the studies and methods for psychiatric genetic and neuroscience studies
  • Synthesizing existing evidence for screening, diagnosis and management of psychiatric illnesses
  • Evaluating the utility and limitations of genetic, imaging and other biomarkers in clinical research and practice
  • Identifying appropriate data sources for exploring psychiatric and behavior health research questions and conducting relevant secondary analyses