Graduate Student Curriculum

Research Methods Electives and Core Course Requirements

Graduate students in Biobehavioral Health are required to take five core, three credit courses, (BB H 501, 502, 503, 504, and 505). In addition to their core coursework, they are also required to take a minimum of 12 additional elective graduate course credits (500 level or above) covering research methods relevant to their interests. All students should register for BB H 597x (BB H 506) Advanced Biobehavioral Research Strategies, when it is offered. This course can count as part of their 12 credit research and methods electives requirement.

Research and methodology 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 BB H. All research elective courses must be scheduled in consultation with the graduate students’ immediate adviser.

Five Required (Core) Courses

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

Special Topics and Individual Study Credits

  • BB H 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
  • BB H 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

Research Methods and Other Elective Courses

(Examples of Graduate Student Coursework by Interests)

As mentioned above, students are encouraged to pursue their prefered field of interest by taking research methodology courses. It is difficult to create a list of the courses a typical graduate student would take during their time in the Biobehavioral Health program. Students elect to take courses based primarily upon their specific field of interest. Below is link to a page showing examples of the coursework taken by actual students in a variety of fields. These examples will hopefully provide a better picture of what courses one should expect to take in a particular field of study.