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The Department of Health and Behavior Studies

Health & Behavior Studies

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Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Health and Behavior Studies is to improve health, learning, and social well-being in schools and other settings and throughout the lifespan. This mission is achieved by 

  • Generating the applied research on the behavioral and social determinants of health and learning that provides the evidence base to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions in schools and other community settings that can improve health and mitigate learning and other disabilities.
  • Preparing practitioners, scholars, and leaders who can help people to realize their full potential, make informed decisions, and attain the best possible quality of life.

Thus, the department is committed to the professional preparation of those who will serve diverse at-risk or high-needs populations by conducting socially consequential and policy-relevant research and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration in practice to address problems in society that no single disciplinary approach can achieve.