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Master of Behavioral Science in Rural Community Health 3+2

Bachelor of Arts, Master of Behavioral Science in Rural Community Health

Degree Type

B.A. in Sociology + MBS in Rural Health

Department

Master of Behavioral Science in Rural Community Health

The Sociology to MBS in Rural Community Health pathway prepares you to become a community leader focused on promoting mental, emotional, and physical wellness, violence prevention, food security, environmental health, and more. This comprehensive accelerated degree equips you with a holistic view of how individual health intersects with society, a perspective that you’ll apply to hands-on projects in a rural community.

Program Overview

Find your purpose enhancing wellness in rural communities.

Western’s newest accelerated degree program allows you to combine sociology’s focus on social institutions, human interactions, and inequalities with the issues of health equity, program development/promotion, health communication, and health disparities studied intensively in the MBS program.

For your first three years, students take behavioral and social science courses focused on helping you build a strong foundation of knowledge about a variety of sociological and social psychological issues. In your fourth year, you combine research with practical learning by taking graduate-level coursework and integrating your learning into internship work in a rural community. For your fifth year, you take a capstone course and participate in a community health practicum. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a self-developed project that can have a lasting impact. As a program graduate, you’ll be prepared to take on roles in substance abuse prevention, health promotion and evaluation, elder care, youth health and empowerment, and more.

Get your MBS for less time and money

This program gives you a head start on the rest of your life by allowing you to obtain both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Get Involved

Take your learning beyond the classroom.

Get the most out of the Sociology-to-MBS 3+2 program by expanding your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta: A society of scholars (undergrad, graduate and professional) that promotes excellence in sociology, conducts research on social problems and involves itself in other activities which attempt to improve the human condition.
  • Sociology Club: A student organization meant to engage students in academics and social activities outside of the classroom.
  • Undergraduate Research Conference: A regional conference (sometimes hosted at Western) where students present their own research in a professional setting.

Enjoy personal fulfillment

By both learning about the sociological and economic issues in your community and creating proactive measures to solve these issues, you will feel the fulfillment of your degree and your career.

News & Research

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Director

Matt Aronson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Administrative Assistant

Deanna Banker, B.S.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Contact Information

970.943.7126

maronson@western.edu

Campus Location

Western Colorado University

Kelley Hall 220 Western Way

Gunnison, CO 81231

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