What is Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences?

Biobehavioral health

health iconsBiobehavioral health refers to interdisciplinary research and practice at the interface of the biological with the behavioral sciences. It combines an interest in psychosocial factors in health and health behavior, along with advances in disciplines as diverse as behavioral genetics and psychoimmunology. In our department, biobehavioral health encompasses clinical practice in psychiatry, clinical psychology, counseling, and behavioral medicine. It incorporates both applied research and practice in prevention and treatment of chronic illness and behavioral health. It also includes research efforts spanning the role of stress in health, immune functioning, addiction, and disease. Finally, it includes community intervention, and broader study of risk and protective factors in health, resilience, and well-being.

Population sciences

illustration: crowd of peoplePopulation sciences studies the health of populations. This multidisciplinary effort studies determinants of health and disease, and their distribution at the population level. In taking this approach, it addresses a broad range of factors impacting health. In our department, in line with our campus mission, population sciences encompasses how to build health equity in tribal and rural communities in Minnesota and the U.S., exploring such factors as diverse as the physical and social environment, and the distribution of resources, including health care.


Department News, Events, and Seminars

Dr. Lewis accepted as an ISMART Fellow

Posted on: February 11, 2015

Dr. Melissa Lewis has been accepted to the the Indigenous Substance Abuse, Medicines and Addictions Research Training (ISMART) program at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) at the University of Washington in the 2015 cohort.

Recent Faculty Presentations

Posted on: February 6, 2015

Boulger, J., Onello, E., Wheat, J., Leeper, J., Hunsaker, M., Davenport, C., Duong, T., Hall, K. and Danek, R. "Educating the rural physician workforce: The roles and successes of regional campuses." STFM Conference on Medical Student Education, February 6, 2015, Atlanta, GA. 

Dr. Beehler part of a team funded as 1 of 12 Minnesota Accountable Communities for Health

Posted on: December 4, 2014

Sarah Beehler is part of an interdisciplinary team that was recently chosen as 1 of 12 Minnesota Accountable Communities for Health . The team received a $370,000 two-year grant.

A $50,000 grant was recently awarded to Dr Claudia Weber and the Center for Rural Mental Health Studies (CRMHS)

Posted on: December 3, 2014

The Healthier Minnesota Community Clinic Foundation (HMCCF) recently awarded Dr Claudia Weber and the Center for Rural Mental Health Studies (CRMHS) a $50,000 grant. The purpose of this grant is to allow the CRMHS to continue to offer virtual behavioral health services to patients seen in rural medical clinics and to add two additional sites.