The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences strives to promote healthy communities and train those who excel in public health practice and research. We are committed to understanding and addressing the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations by leading and engaging in education, research, and service, often in collaboration with the community. We prepare graduates for exciting career paths as community health educators, counselors and practitioners, policy makers and trailblazing researchers. 

The department aims to address social and behavioral determinants of health through scientific discovery and the creation of innovative, evidence-based programs and interventions that serve the health needs of diverse, vulnerable, and underserved populations. Valuing an inclusive environment, we promote healthy communities by training professionals and scholars who will excel in public health research and practice.  

Our faculty are experts in cancer prevention, health communication, maternal and child health, nutrition and obesity, and more.

Our department is committed to collaborative, interdisciplinary, community-engaged research in a number of areas. 

Contact us

Ritter Annex, 9th floor
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8726
Fax: 215-204-1854

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