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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).

New Course Alert!

There are some new Focal Area C courses for Spring 2015:

HSSP 135a - Special Topics in Public Health: U.S. History and Policy

With an interdisciplinary focus, this course examines the complex history of efforts in the US to improve our population’s health.  Special topics may include promoting sanitation/environmental health, managing chronic/infectious disease, and enhancing emergency preparedness as well as the role of law/government.  For more information contact Professor Curi.

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.