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Program at a Glance

Download an Info and Contact Sheet for the Health: Society, Policy and Policy program (PDF).

Download an overview of the Health: Society, Policy and Policy program (PDF).

Download the Health:  Science, Society and Policy Program's Learning goals (PDF).

Download the Health: Society, Policy and Policy program's Senior Thesis Guidelines (PDF).

Summer 2015 JBS Courses Alert!

Food, Lifestyle and Health

BISC 4bj Food, Nutrition and Health
BISC 10aj Diabetes
HSSP 120bj Health Care Landscapes

JBS takes two methods of study — classroom training
and experiential learning — and joins them in a unique
curriculum that enables you to engage fully in a topic
you are passionate about.  This allows you to:

› earn 12 credits  
› fulfill your HSSP HOE requirement as well as many university requirements
› build close relationships with faculty and peers
› engage with the community
› expand your network
› acquire skills for your future

Application deadlines ~

March 16, 2015: First application deadline
April 13, 2015: Extended deadline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis until the closing deadline.
Limited financial aid is available.

HSSP UDRs 14/15

We are very fortunate to have four fabulous Undergraduate Departmental Representatives this year:

Caitlin Buegeler, BS

Flora(Yuan)Wang, BS

Danielle Nurick, BA

Emily Greenwald, BS

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Any solution to today's most pressing health challenges will be rooted in a rich, multidisciplinary knowledge base that extends from a 19th century understanding of the consequences of poor nutrition and inadequate sanitation to a rapidly evolving 21st century mastery of the structure of the genome. Within this broad context, the foundations of good health remain grounded in a complex interplay of social and economic influences, and the increasingly effective treatment of serious illness is linked to dramatic advances in molecular biology. Stated simply, the promotion of sound health is tied to how people live, and the treatment of complex disease is tied to sophisticated biomedical research and individual access to state-of-the-art medical care.

The major in Health: Science, Society and Policy capitalizes on Brandeis University’s enormous strengths across the many disciplines that contribute to our current understanding of human health and disease. This program will help students understand the biological underpinnings of health, illness and disability, as well as their social, political, legal and economic dimensions. International cases and examples are integrated into the study of these issues in the United States.