Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine

  • $1 million grant for research on early-stage behavioral interventions

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  • Flynn appointed to Data Sub-committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse

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  • Dr. Shabaka-Haynes and Ms. Mitchell honored for 2022 Angel Awards

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  • Supporting Healthy Aging at Health Systems and Community Levels

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  • Hyde and Rust honored with 2022 Leadership Awards

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  • Researchers find sense of purpose associated with better memory

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The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine will transform behavioral and person centered science and scholarship in 21st century medical education - facilitating improvements in the health and well-being of individuals, their communities, and especially the underserved. 



The Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine investigates and emphasizes the influence of individual, interpersonal, and community factors on health, in the context of behavior, social, and societal forces. Our work integrates community partnership with principles and methods from the behavioral and social sciences and bioethics to promote health, especially for the underserved. This is demonstrated through: 

Practice based teaching and training in bioethical and biopsychosocial aspects of health.

Conducting cutting edge interdisciplinary research and scholarship that generates knowledge leading to improvements in interventions, healthcare practice, and health outcomes.

Service activities that support and advance our professions and improve health for individuals and communities.