Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research (AHBR)

The Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research (AHBR) is a 33-credit multidisciplinary program that focuses on the applied skills required for the development, management and evaluation of health behavior programs and research studies in academic, clinical, and community settings. The program creates long-term value and prepares graduates for new, or advancement in, careers in academic and hospital settings, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and private industry.

Part Time Degree Option

Two Degree Concentrations are offered for those wishing to pursue the degree on a part time basis, allowing scholars to pursue courses tailored to specific interests. A variety of elective courses are available to complete the degree requirements.

Health Education, Program Planning and Evaluation (HEPPE) Concentration

This concentration is designed for individuals who want to develop, manage, and evaluate health programs in clinical or community settings. The coursework for this concentration focuses on health behavior theory, program planning, program evaluation, health education and program management.

Required Core Courses:

  • Project Management in Clinical and Community Settings (M88-508, 3 credits)
  • Health Behavior Theory (M88-514, 3 credits)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (M88-525, 3 credits)
  • Survey Methods: Design and Evaluation (M88-560, 3 credits)

Required Concentration Courses:

  • Health Education: Methods, Planning and Evaluation (M88-536, 3 credits)
  • Evaluation of Health Services Programs (M88-582, 3 credits)

Health Behavior Research (HBR) Concentration

This concentration is designed for individuals who want to manage health behavior research studies. The coursework focuses on health behavior theory, research methodology, analytic methods, and research project management.

Required Core Courses:

  • Project Management in Clinical and Community Settings (M88-508, 3 credits)
  • Health Behavior Theory (M88-514, 3 credits)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (M88-525, 3 credits)
  • Survey Methods: Design and Evaluation (M88-560, 3 credits)

Required Concentration Courses:

  • Foundations of Health Care Research (M88-524, 3 credits)

Full Time One Year Degree Option

The one year Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research (AHBR) degree is designed to be completed in three semesters and includes nine credit hours of mentored research with faculty who are leaders in their fields, at an institution internationally recognized for groundbreaking work in medicine and research.

This option provides hands-on training for pre-health students interested in pursuing careers in a variety of medical and health-related fields. Through the practical experience provided students planning a gap year prior to applying to medical school, have opportunities to fulfill specific medical school core competencies and enhance their applications.

Open Enrollment for Single Classes

Open Enrollment allows up to 6 hours (2 classes) of coursework for individuals who want to take courses as non-degree seeking students. Credits earned through the Open Enrollment (doc) option will count toward degree completion if students apply to a program later.

Course Descriptions

Classes are held on the Washington University School of Medicine campus in late afternoon or early evening to accommodate graduate students in other programs and working adults.  See the AHBR Course Descriptions page for more details and syllabi.

The AHBR program also offers a condensed one year option and a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Health Behavior Planning and Evaluation.

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