Applied Health Behavior Research

The Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research (MS AHBR) addresses the science of health behavior and applies it to the development and evaluation of programs and research studies in clinical and community settings. The AHBR graduate programs are offered through the Washington University School of Medicine and sponsored by the Clinical Research Training Center and the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences.

The MS is a 33-unit, 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. Students choose one of two concentrations:
1) Health Education, Program Planning and Evaluation – designed for individuals 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 – designed for individuals to develop theoretical knowledge and gain practical research experience in order to pursue careers in a variety of 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.

Health Behavior Research, 1-Year/Research Intensive Option – designed to be completed in three semesters and includes nine credit hours of mentored research; provides hands-on training for pre-health students interested in medical and health-related fields; offers practical experience for students planning a gap year prior to medical school as well as opportunities to fulfill specific medical school core competencies and enhance medical school applications.

The MS AHBR degree can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. All courses are held during the late afternoon or evening to accommodate working professionals. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and coursework is typically completed in two to three years.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Behavior Planning and Evaluation is also offered. This 15-unit program features a curriculum focused on key applied and theoretical concepts in health behavior, as well as the processes needed for managing program development and evaluation activities in clinical and community settings.

Admissions information

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