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Social and behavioral sciences are an important component of public health, where sociocultural and behavioral factors are considered to better understand how healthy environments can be sustained among different populations.  Students concentrating in Health Behavior develop practical research skills and intervention solutions to improve the health of individuals and communities.

Health Behavior research covers many aspects of health, including: obesity prevention/lifestyle interventions; family and adolescent health issues; prevention and control of addictive behaviors; homelessness; and sexual health risks including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. In addition to the MPH and PhD degrees, the department offers coordinated programs with the departments of Nursing, Sociology, and Psychology, as well as a clinical research track MSPH. Graduates of our health behavior program are well positioned for job opportunities in local, state, federal agencies, non-profit/community based organizations, private research foundations, and the academic setting.