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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: WVU researchers evaluate impact of local rail trails

From 2016 to 2017, the West Virginia University Health Research Center evaluated the business impact of the Mon River Trails System, which is a network of 48 miles of trails in North Central West Virginia. Christiaan Abildso, assistant professor and the Center's program director, recently spoke with WBOY-TV about their efforts.