Part-Time Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research

Health Behavior Research is a multidisciplinary field that applies psychology, public health, behavioral medicine, communication science, and statistics to promote health and prevent disease.

The Master of Science (MS) in Applied Health Behavior Research (AHBR) focuses on the skills required for the design, management, and evaluation of health behavior programs and research studies involving human participants. Our students and graduates are engaged in research in academic, clinical, and community settings.

The program provides a practical opportunity to cultivate new skills for career engagement and advancement. Students gain a wider perspective of how health behaviors impact medical care and clinical outcomes through coursework, exemplary instructors, and classmates with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

All courses are held after 4:00 pm on the School of Medicine campus to accommodate graduate students and working adults. The MS degree includes a one-year, full-time option, and the program also offers a Graduate Certificate in Health Behavior Planning and Evaluation.  Open Enrollment provides opportunities to enroll in single courses. Learn more

Two Degree Concentration Options Available

The Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research is available in two concentrations to allow students to tailor the graduate program to their specific interests and career goals.

  1. Health Education, Program Planning, and Evaluation (HEPPE): designed for individuals who want to develop, manage, and evaluate health programs in clinical or community settings; coursework focuses on health behavior theory, program planning, program evaluation, health education, and program management.
  2. Health Behavior Research (HBR): designed for individuals interested in developing theoretical knowledge and gain practical research experience to pursue careers in health-related fields and/or manage research studies in clinical settings; coursework focuses on health behavior theory, research methodology, analytic methods, and research project management.

Required Core Courses

Visit the AHBR Course Information page to learn more about our full list of concentration requirements and elective options.

  • 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)

Kim Cordia

(Health Education Program Planning and Evaluation Concentration, Part Time)
Nurse Manager, Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

I come from a background in nursing, so AHBR was a bridge that I have used to increase my knowledge of what I’m doing now and move forward to what I want to do in the future.

With my degree I will be more marketable; when promotions/jobs are between me and another candidate, having the masters degree helps. I’ve already been able to move up the ladder from a Nurse Educator to Nurse Manager in my field.

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Tuition Assistance

Washington University employees may be eligible for a 50% Tuition Assistance Benefit after one year of full time employment.  The AHBR program offers additional tuition assistance to all degree-seeking students.  More details.

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We are happy to answer any questions you may have about tuition assistance, course requirements, admissions details, or any other aspect of the Graduate Programs in Applied Health Behavior Research. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



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