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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.


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

Public health faculty to participate in Huntington's Opioid Town Hall July 28

Dr. Michael Brumage, assistant dean for public health practice and service, and Alfgeir Kristjansson, an associate professor - both of the School of Public Health - will join featured panelist Susan Shepherd, manager of the Toronto Drug Strategy Secretariat for Toronto Public Health, and Marshall University Wellness Center Director Amy Saunders for the discussion. “Responses to the Opioid Epidemic: Lessons Learned and Best Practices” will be on Saturday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. until noon, in the Marshall University Memorial Student Center, Room BE5.