Social and behavioral factors influence all states of health and disease. The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) conducts innovative research on social and behavioral determinants of health, using quantitative and qualitative methods and a social justice approach to improving health among underserved populations. Using state-of-the-art technologies, SBS faculty, researchers and students conduct rigorous observational studies and create multilevel interventions. This research is strengthened by the department's ties with the Psychiatry, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology departments, as well as the Law School. Below are the SBS areas of strength with a description of relevant faculty, research projects and centers.
In a 2012 survey of 1,298 adults, four in ten residents reported "food insecurity" - meaning that they or their family did not have enough food or money to buy food in the past 30 days. People who struggle to pay for groceries often can't afford healthier foods like fresh produce. CARE's SNAP outreach program seeks to understand and address this gap in food insecurity.