Graduate Student Curriculum

Core Course Requirements and Research Methods Electives

Graduate students in Biobehavioral Health are required to take six core, three credit courses, (BBH 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, and 597X/506). In addition to their core coursework, they are also required to take a minimum of 9 additional elective graduate course credits (500 level or above) that cover research methods relevant to their interests. Finally, they are required to take 3 credits of Professional Development Coursework.

The elective 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 BBH. All research elective courses must be scheduled in consultation with the graduate students' immediate adviser.

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
  • BBH 597x/506 Advanced Biobehavioral Research Strategies
  • BBH 597 Orientation to Biobehavioral Health (Professional Development)

Special Topics and Individual Study Credits

  • BBH 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.
  • BBH 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject that 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 preferred field of interest by taking research methodology courses. Because Biobehavioral Health is interdisciplinary, our students require diverse training; thus, there is no one set of courses that would suit all of our graduate students. Therefore, students elect to take courses based primarily upon their specific area(s) of interest. Above is a link to a page showing examples of the coursework taken by actual students in a variety of fields; this is intended to give a sense of the type of training that our students obtain beyond our core required courses.