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welcome to the Department of : Social & Behavioral Sciences

Our faculty are dedicated to creating broad, systematic health changes across entire communities. The faculty is committed to providing competency-based education coupled with hands-on experience and the development of critical thinking skills.

Improving the health and well being of communities

Health disparities are shaped by behavioral and sociocultural factors. The study of Social and Behavioral Sciences in public health focuses on psychosocial, behavioral, community and societal influences on health and the development of interventions that eliminate barriers to health and healthcare access.

Recent News

WVU in the News: ASPPH welcomes 2021 summer interns

Damaris Bell, MPH, a recent graduate of West Virginia University School of Public Health, has joined ASPPH as our first Racial Justice Intern. She will be gathering and organizing resources, products, curricula, and tools related to the Racial Justice efforts of ASPPH members. The materials will showcase promising practices and exemplars developed at our member institutions to defeat racism and structural racism. Following the internship, Damaris plans to attend medical school and specialize in Pediatric Psychiatry.