About Us

Department of Community & Behavioral Health

About the field

Community and behavioral health focuses on the lifestyle behaviors and aspects of our social environment that affect our health and looks for ways to encourage people to make healthy choices. Some of these include promoting walk-to-school programs to reduce childhood obesity and using text messaging to teach teenagers about sexuality.

Community and behavioral health also seeks to improve the public's health through the application of social and behavioral sciences. By studying behavior, community health specialists are able to modify the incidence, prevalence, and mortality rates of many diseases that affect the communities in which we live. Community health specialists also promote more efficient uses of health services and participate actively in the design and implementation of health programs.

Our faculty

Faculty in our department span all three partner institutions, representing strength in education, research, and community practice.

Faculty expertise includes:

  • ​Adolescent health ​
  • Aging
  • American Indian Alaskan Native health
  • Behavioral health
  • Built environment
  • Cancer control, prevention, survivorship
  • Community engaged practice
  • Community health
  • Diabetes
  • Disabilities and health
  • Dissemination and implementation
  • Diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • Engaged teaching and scholarship
  • Environmental occupational health
  • Genetics/epigenetics
  • Global health
  • Health communication
  • Health disparities
  • Healthy living/active living
  • Infectious disease
  • Injury prevention
  • Latino health
  • Leadership
  • LGBTQ + health
  • Maternal child health
  • Mental health
  • Mobile and digital health
  • Natural disasters
  • Nutrition/food access
  • ONE health
  • Preventative health
  • Public health
  • Policy public health practice
  • Public health program evaluation
  • Relationships and health
  • Reproductive health
  • Sexual health/HIV/STDs
  • Substance use
  • Tobacco control and smoking cessation​
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