History and Ethics The center has a vibrant research portfolio, including a number of major projects that fall into several thematic areas. Smoke and Fire Profs. Amy Fairchild and Ron Bayer write about risk vs. benefit in Science Magazine. Degrees Part of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences (SMS), students can apply for an MPH, MS, in History, Ethics, and Law, and a PhD. Faculty David Rosner, PhD, is focused on the history of public health, workers’ and environmental health.