Research and Centers
Research in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society emphasizes theoretical, methodological and applied studies in three main research areas.
- Social Determinants of Health, and Community and Structural Level Interventions
- Health Communication and Education
- Behavioral and Social Aspects of Genetics
Of most interest are public health challenges related to the leading international and domestic causes of death, as well as diseases and injuries that disproportionately impact racial, ethnic and vulnerable communities. The Department feels a special responsibility to address public health challenges that disproportionately impact urban communities.
The public health areas we address include HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, cancer, violence, unintentional injury, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, respiratory diseases, emerging infectious diseases, the improvement of quality of life, and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
In the past seven years, Health, Behavior and Society faculty members have established a body of research on par with peer departments nationwide, publishing more than 1,000 unique peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Health, Behavior and Society serves as a scientific advisor to The Monday Campaigns, a nonprofit health initiative that offers weekly prompts to encourage healthy behavioral changes.