Socio-Medical Sciences

The Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary program, with study divided between the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and one social science department in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The aim of the program is to train researchers and teachers to apply social science theory and methods to the study of social factors related to health status and health care needs, social systems, and the relation between these systems and the populations they are designed to serve. Graduates of the program have typically been employed in academic positions either in social science departments or health professional schools, or have taken positions as analysts or evaluation researchers in health planning agencies or consulting organizations. For students who choose history as their social science discipline, the curriculum will be run jointly by the History Department and MSPH. Admissions decisions for the program in history are also made jointly by the MSPH and History. Students may obtain further information from the Division of Sociomedical Sciences, Office of Admissions, Mailman School of Public Health, 600 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, 212-305-3927, or by visiting the MSPH website.

Students in the Sociomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at the School of Public Health whose social science department in GSAS is History are required to take either G8910 Introduction to History and Historiography or G8500 The Literature of American History in the first or second year. The complete program of study is available in the student handbook for the Department of Sociomedical Sciences.