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Health, Behavior and Society

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Many of today’s most intractable public health issues are rooted in human behavior and social conditions—from smoking and substance use to diabetes and HIV. 

The Department of Health, Behavior and Society tackles these issues and many more from every angle—by developing and evaluating individually targeted interventions, working with entire communities to address the social factors that affect health, and improving the health of millions at a time through public policy and other structural interventions. Particular strengths of the department are in the areas of health communication and health education, the development of community-level interventions, and the behavioral aspects of genetics and genetic counseling. The department conducts empirical research in Baltimore, the U.S. and in over 45 countries around the world. 

Message from the Chair

David Holtgrave, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, talks about how choices and behavior affect public health.