The online MPH degree offered by the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBHS) is designed to enable current public health and health care professionals to enhance their skills in developing, implementing and evaluating programs to have an impact on the health of the public. Read More
The department of Social and Behavioral Sciences conducts inquiries and applications to achieve optimal health and reduce health inequalities in West Virginia and the global community.
Improve health across the lifespan by uniting academic institutions and communities.
Welcome to the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, one of the original departments of West Virginia University’s School of Public Health.
Message from the Chair
Health disparities in West Virginia and elsewhere are due in part to the lifestyle choices made by individuals and communities as well as underlying socio-economic forces that influence health and disease. Consequently, there is consensus in public health that cost-effective improvements in population health must address, but go beyond, individual behavior change to large-scale modifications in policies, environments, and cultures to create broad, systematic changes across entire communities.