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