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Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine


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;
  • and service activities that support and advance our professions and improve health for individuals and communities.

In the Spotlight

  • Support the African-American Alzheimer’s Caregiver Training program!

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  • Dr. Rust has taken over the Center for Medicine and Public Health from its Founding Director, Dr. Les Beitsch.

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  • A New York Times article sites Dr. Sutin's research.

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  • She’s an outstanding musician, and she’s outstanding in her role here. She supervises students, organizes research activities and does a lot of community outreach.

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  • Research by Angelina Sutin on weight discrimination and mortality was reported in numerous media outlets nationwide.

  • Heather Flynn, PhD elected as Treasurer to the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy (ISIPT). The ISIPT aims to improve quality and dissemination of practice, research and training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, an evidenced based treatment for Mood Disorders.

Contact Information

Executive Assistant
Phone: (850) 644-3516

Employment Opportunities

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Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information.